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Research Competition: Guidelines

2017 Research Competition Guidelines

The IRSC Libraries are sponsoring a research competition to recognize undergraduates who demonstrate excellent research skills that utilize a breadth of library resources, collections, and services for their scholarly project. This inaugural competition is designed to promote intellectual discovery and the advancement of lifelong learning. IRSC Libraries will award scholarships in the amount of $500, $250, and $100 for the top three entries. Research projects are evaluated by faculty and members of the Library Research Award selection committee.

The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students not already possessing a baccalaureate degree, and whose research project meets the following requirements:

  • Research projects should be completed for a credit-bearing course or supervised research project sometime in the 2017 calendar year (Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters of 2017).

  • Research projects must integrate library research and each submission must be accompanied by a short (under 500 words) essay detailing the use of library resources and the research process.

  • Research projects may be completed in any medium (e.g., paper, video, painting, photograph, web site, etc.). However, all projects must be submitted online for consideration. Therefore, an electronic version of the project must be available for submission (e.g., PDF for paper, MP4 for video, JPG/TIFF for a painting or photograph, URL for web site, etc.). Research projects and accompanying essay may be in any electronic format and must be submitted through the online application portal.

  • Research projects must be accompanied by recommendation form completed by a course instructor, ASC tutor, or librarian.

  • Submissions must be accompanied by a completed video/photo/project release form.

  • Research projects completed by an individual or group are eligible. However, awards are presented to individuals, not to a group. Therefore, each group member must submit a separate essay outlining not only their use of library resources, but their specific contribution to the group project. A separate letter of recommendation for each group member is also required.

Winners will have both their winning projects and a recorded 3-5 minute lightning talk preserved in the IRSC Libraries digital repository and publicized on the college library website.


January 19, 2018 - Application deadline
February 23 - Winners are notified