Undergraduate Research Award

Thank you for your interest in the Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Awards!  Last year's application period is closed, but please check back soon and consider submitting your work for the 2020 awards.

Tisch Library has developed an award to recognize outstanding undergraduate use of the library’s collections, resources, and services to produce an exemplary research project. All formats are eligible, including but not limited to research papers, videos, posters, presentations, lab manuals, inventions, business plans, and proposals. See the FAQs for more!

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 2, 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 2019 are eligible.
  • Projects completed any time in 2018 (spring, summer, or fall semesters) are eligible.
  • Group projects are eligible. Prizes will be split equally among group members.

How to Apply

Complete applications include four 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 that describes your research strategies as well as your use of library tools, resources, and services to complete it. Be sure to consult the Essay Guidelines for a detailed explanation of its requirements.
  3. Application: Fill out the application form in its entirety with your contact information and details, attach both the project (#1) and essay (#2) to it, and submit them by noon on Friday, March 8, 2019.
  4. Recommendation: The course instructor or project advisor will need to recommend your application. Be sure to ask early enough to assure that your instructor or project advisor sends in the recommendation form by the deadline of noon on Friday, March 8, 2019. If you need help obtaining a recommendation or have questions about the recommendation process, please contact the committee at tura@tufts.edu.

Along with prizes, winners also get to:

  • Attend a celebratory lunch and a research poster exhibit at Tisch Library on Friday, April 19, 2019.
  • Include materials in the Tisch poster exhibit display (Note: the selection committee creates the poster; we'll ask for your photo and, if possible, accompanying materials to highlight your project.)
  • Submit their projects for inclusion in the Tufts institutional repository.
  • See their posters displayed in the Research Hub (Tisch 224) after the event.
  • Consult with data librarians to learn how to share data on Dataverse (for winning entries that include quantitative research).

Dates to Remember

  • December 3, 2018: Students may begin to submit applications.
  • Friday, March 8, 2019, 12:00pm (noon): Deadline to submit applications. Neither incomplete nor late applications will be considered.
  • April 1, 2019: winners notified
  • Friday, April 19, 2019, 12:00-1:15pm: Award lunch & poster exhibit at Tisch.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be judged based on:

  • 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 use them to create a project in any medium that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.

Our scoring rubric considers:

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

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

Selection Committee members: Jennifer Ferguson (chair), Dianne Brown, Ari Gofman, Lauren McKinney, Chelcie Rowell, and Andrea Schuler

Learn more about the 2019 winners!


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