Information Update - Spring 2011

Library to Offer Research Prize

While providing reference assistance to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library, librarians have observed the wide variety of research being done by undergraduate students here at The University of Scranton. As one method to acknowledge and reward the best of this research, the library has established a Library Research Prize for undergraduate students beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year. The prize will recognize 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. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner.
Any University of Scranton undergraduate student who has completed a research project is eligible to apply. Individuals or groups may submit an application; however, if the prize is awarded to a group, then the award will be split equally among the group members. To qualify, projects must have been completed for University of Scranton course credit during the summer 2010, fall 2010, intersession 2011 or spring 2011 semester.
Applicants must submit a 500-700 word description of the research methods and information gathering process used for the research project along with a copy of the research project and a bibliography of sources consulted. Projects may be in any format. A letter of faculty support must accompany the application.
The deadline for application submission is Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Winner notification will be on May 9, 2011. The winner(s) will be honored at a reception that will be held on May 12, 2011 in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the library.
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.
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.
Faculty members should encourage students who have demonstrated a grasp of the research process to apply for the Library Research Prize. The Weinberg Memorial Library would like to thank the librarians from the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University, one of our sister AJCU institutions, for their guidance in the development of our Library Research Prize for undergraduate students. More information as well as application links can be found on the library's website,
Bonnie Oldham