Information Update - Spring 2012

Library Research Prize Eligibility Extended to Graduate Students

Building on the success of the 2011 Library Research Prize, which was open only to undergraduate students, the Weinberg Memorial Library will extend eligibility to graduate students in 2012. Applications will be judged in two separate categories, and two prizes of $500 will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student or group of undergraduate students, and one to a graduate student or group of graduate students. 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 s ummer 2011, f all 2011, i ntersession 2011, or s pring 2012 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. The application can be found at
The prize 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. Feedback from last year's applicants indicated that faculty encouragement was the primary reason that students applied for the prize.
The faculty member for the course will need to submit a statement of faculty support. 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.
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. Applications may be submitted at any time, but applications received after the deadline of Friday, April 27, 2012, at 4 p.m. will not be considered. The winner(s) will be honored at a reception that will be held during the second week of May in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the Library.If you have any questions about the Library Research Prize or the application process, please contact either Bonnie Oldham, information literacy coordinator, at 570-941-4000 or, or Bonnie Strohl, associate dean at 570-941-4006 or More information, as well as application links, can be found on the Library's Web
Bonnie Oldham