Library Research Prize


This prize is designed to attract the outstanding research projects from courses taught in departments across The University of Scranton campus. It recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools and services.

Eligible Students

  • Any University of Scranton student(s) at any class level in any discipline who has completed a research project in any format for a credit course at The University of Scranton during the Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Intersession 2014, or Spring 2014 semester.
  • Two prizes will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student or group, and one to a graduate student or group.

Application Procedure

Application must include the following:
  1. Completed application. (Online form for individual or group applicants.)
  2. Description of research: A 500-700 word description of the research methods and information gathering process used. Include also how you used library resources, tools and services to complete the research project. (Tips to help you describe the research project.) (Upload along with your application.)
  3. A final version (or almost complete draft if necessary) of the research project. (Upload along with your application.)
    • Written projects: Submit your document which should be a minimum of 8 pages.
    • Media projects: Submit the research project in its media format, or the URL if a Web project.
  4. A statement of faculty support. (Online form for faculty.)
  5. A bibliography or other appropriate listing of sources consulted.(Upload with your application.) When preparing your bibliography, keep in mind these two points:
    • Use bibliography format and conventions appropriate to the discipline. (Citation Style Tips)
    • Cite all sources that you consulted, even if you did not directly quote from them. This bibliography may differ from your Works Cited or Reference List since it will include not only your quoted sources, but also your background material.

      Completed application packages must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2013 for courses completed during summer or fall 2013 OR at 4:00pm on Friday, May 2, 2014 for courses completed during intersession or spring 2014. (NOTE: Although there are two different dates to submit an application, there will be only one judging, which will take place in May 2014.)

Selection Criteria

A panel composed of University of Scranton faculty and staff will judge entries on the evidence of the applicant's research strategy and personal learning as summarized in the description of the research project. Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline. Members of the panel will include one faculty member from each of the University's three colleges, one member of the Library Advisory Committee, two members of the Library Faculty, one staff member from the Writing Center, and one staff member from Research Services.

Submissions will be evaluated based on how well they demonstrate the following:
  • Sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections, including, but not limited to print or electronic resources, databases, primary resources, and media materials.
  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and effectively use library resources in the creation of a project (in any format) that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.
  • Evidence of significant personal learning in the methods of research and the information gathering process, and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows a likelihood of persisting in the future.

In the event the selection committee determines that none of the applications submitted for the research prize is meritorious, then no prize will be awarded.

Dates to Remember

  • Application Deadline: 
    • Friday, December 6, 2013 at 4 p.m. for courses completed during summer or fall 2013
    • Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4 p.m. for courses completed during intersession or spring 2014
      (NOTE: When submitting an application for a multi-semester research project, please use the application deadline for the date that the project is “due.” Although there are two different dates to submit an application, there will be only one judging, which will take place in May 2014.)
  • Winner Notification: Monday, May 5, 2014
  • Reception: will be held during the second week of May.


$500.00 will be awarded to the winning undergraduate student and the winning graduate student.or groups of students. (If won by a group, then the award will be split equally among the group members.)

Winner(s) must agree to contribute to a Library and Internet display about their research.

Previous Prize Winners (Applicants may want to review the essays of previous prize winners.)

2013 Winners

2012 Winners

2011 Winners


The Weinberg Memorial Library thanks the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University for their guidance in the development of our Library Research Prize for undergraduate students.


Contact Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator, by phone (570-941-4000) or e-mail ( or Bonnie Strohl, Associate Dean, by phone (570-941-4006) or e-mail (


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