Undergraduate Research Award

2018 Winners

  • Photo of 2018 Tufts Undergraduate Research Award Winners

From left:  Dean, School of Engineering Jianmin Qu, Julia Okun '18, Belinda Xian '18, Xinyue (Selina) Wang '21, Shirley Wang '18, Ruoyang Li '20, Dean of Undergraduate Education, School of Engineering Chris Swan, Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco, Mary Travers '18, Nola Jenkins '18, Jamie Fonarev '19, Nancy Kissinger '18, Dean of Arts and Sciences James Glaser and Tisch Library Director, ad interim Dorothy Meaney at the lunch event and poster session to honor the recipients of the Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Awards on April 6, 2018.  Not pictured: Maya Lubeck-Schricker '18.



Tisch Library has developed an award recognizing outstanding undergraduate use of the library’s collections, resources and services in the production of an exemplary research project. 

The 2018 application period is now closed. See details about the winners.

Award Categories

A first prize of $500 and a second prize of $250 will be given to projects in each of the following categories:

  • First year writing program (ENG 1-4, Philosophy 1, or any course taken to fulfill the college writing requirement)
  • 001-099 level courses
  • 100-199 level courses
  • Independent Research Efforts

Who can apply?

  • All undergraduate students who are registered through the end of Spring 2018 are eligible.
  • Projects completed any time in 2017 (spring, summer, or fall semesters) are eligible.
  • Group projects are eligible. Prizes will be split equally among group members.

How to Apply

Complete applications consist of 4 parts:

  1. Project (with Bibliography): The final version of your completed project, including a bibliography.  If your project is not in digital form, contact the committee at tura@tufts.edu.
  2. Research Process Essay: A 500‐750 word essay describing your research strategies and your application of library tools, resources and services in completion of the project (see Essay Tips page for more details)
  3. Application: Fill out the application form in its entirety with your contact info and details, attach both the project (#1) and essay (#2) to it, and submit by noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
  4. Recommendation: The course instructor or project advisor will need to supply a recommendation for your application.  Ask early enough to assure that your instructor or project advisor sends in the recommendation form by the deadline – again, that’s noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

If you need assistance with the recommendation process or have questions, contact the committee at tura@tufts.edu.

Winners are expected to

  • Attend a lunch/research poster exhibit at Tisch Library on Friday April 6, 2018.
  • Contribute materials to a Tisch display for the poster exhibit (Note: the selection committee creates the poster; we'll ask for your photo and, if possible, accompanying materials to highlight your project).
  • Submit their entry to the Tufts institutional repository.

Dates to Remember

  • December 2017: Students may begin to submit applications.
  • Tuesday February 20, 2018, 12:00pm (noon): Deadline to submit applications. Neither incomplete nor late applications will be considered.
  • March 2018: winners notified
  • Friday, April 6, 2018, 12:00-1:15pm: Award lunch & poster exhibit at Tisch.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be judged on demonstration of:

  • Unusual depth or breadth in the use of library services, staff and collections.
  • Extraordinary ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any medium that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.

Our rubric considers:

  • Research Process Essay
  • Research Strategy
  • Project
  • Sources Used
  • Instructor Recommendation

Still have questions?  See FAQ or contact the committee at tura@tufts.edu.

Selection Committee members: Elizabeth Berman (chair), Allison Gofman, Martha Kelehan, Jennifer Ferguson, Lauren McKinney, and Nicole Nawalaniec 


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