Western Libraries is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award. Awards are given annually to students who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for college credit courses taught at Western. Each Undergraduate Research Award winner receives $500 and publication in Western CEDAR, Western’s institutional repository. Applications are due by May 18.
Students must be enrolled at Western during spring 2020 in order to apply, and are encouraged to enter research and writing projects that they completed either in the spring, summer, or fall of 2019, or from the winter and spring quarters of 2020. Undergraduate research at Western is a significant way students connect with and explore the world around them. Collaboration between faculty and students is integral to teaching and learning, which Western Libraries encourages by providing the resources and support students need to complete their research.
“Despite the turmoil around COVID-19 that has resulted in many cancellations, we wanted to make sure this award was still available,” explained librarian and chair of the award committee, Gabe Gossett. “We know students are dealing with a lot right now, which is all the more reason for us to recognize and celebrate their hard work. We want the award and the recognition that comes with it to still be possible for students, and we extended the deadline in the hopes that will help.”
Now in its seventh year, the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award has grown to honor research from an array of disciplines. In the past, awards have been given to student research in the areas of Chemistry, Economics, Journalism, and Linguistics and Community Health. If you are a student who would like to apply for this award, or a faculty member who wishes to nominate a student, please see the full award guidelines and details here.
This year, the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award winners will be announced on June 19, 2020. Questions? Contact us here.
Photo above: The 2018-2019 winners of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, from left to right, Tyler Bunker (History), Samia Saliba (History), and Maggie Newhouse (Political Science).