Submissions must include the following components:
The 500-750 word reflective essay describing your use of library tools and resources is the most critical component of your award application. Your final project is important, but the award committee is most interested in your investigative journey, and how you improved your research skills and understanding/use of library services, resources, and collections while creating your project.
Your reflective essay must discuss:
The following questions will help you think about your reflective essay. They are provided here to help inspire you, but they are not intended to be answered directly.
Remember to be specific, be descriptive, and choose good examples to illustrate your points. This rubric will be used to score your reflective essay. Your final reflective essay must be submitted in PDF format.
The bibliography must demonstrate use of a wide range of resource types appropriate to the discipline and to the information need (e.g., primary & secondary sources, scholarly literature, data, books, newspaper articles, critical editions, original compositions, arrangements, transcriptions, sound or video recordings, models, plans, computer models). The researcher will consistently provide accurate, complete citations to sources in format/style appropriate to the discipline
When preparing your bibliography keep in mind these points:
Original projects completed by individuals or groups in all formats are welcome and may include:
We request that papers, posters, and PowerPoint presentations be submitted in PDF format.
Film or video projects must submit an MP4 file.
Digital projects or portfolios featured on a website must include a stable link to the site, and a PDF recreation of the content, if possible.
The faculty supporter you choose should have first-hand knowledge of the quality of your project. It should generally be the professor or instructor for the class in which you completed your project. It can also be a faculty member you worked with on a research project as part of an undergraduate research experience, SACAD, or Research Day.
Upon completion of your project, the faculty supporter you name will be emailed an evaluation form asking questions about the quality of your research and how well it represents the standards of the discipline. Once this form is received, your application will be complete.