Bonnie W. Oldham 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 2017, Fall 2017, Intersession 2018, or Spring 2018 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 (a minimum of 5 pages).
    • Media projects: Submit the research project in its media format (e.g. the PPT slide of your poster), 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:

Completed application packages must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Monday, December 4, 2017 for courses completed during Summer or Fall 2017 OR at 4:00 pm on Monday, April 30, 2018 for courses completed during Intersession or Spring 2018. (NOTE: Although there are two different dates to submit an application, only one judging will take place.)

Selection Criteria

A judging 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. Judges will be drawn from the faculty in each of the University's three colleges, the Library faculty, the Library Advisory Committee, and the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE).

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: 
    • Monday, December 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm for courses completed during Summer or Fall 2017
    • Monday, April 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm for courses completed during Intersession or Spring 2018
      (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, only one judging will take place.)
  • Winner Notification: Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Please join Dean Kratz in honoring the winners on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm at a reception in the Library’s Heritage Room.


  • $500.00 will be awarded to the winning undergraduate student individual and/or group and the winning graduate student individual and/or group. (If won by a group, then the award will be split equally among the group members.)
  • Winning projects and essays will be publicly displayed in the Weinberg Memorial Library and preserved in the Library’s Digital Collections, with access open to the public.
  • Photographs of winning students and their faculty mentors will be taken at the award reception and published in Library promotional materials.

Previous Prize Winners (Applicants may want to review the essays of previous prize 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 Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, by phone (570-941-4000) or email (