The UGA Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award encourages and recognizes student inquiry and the library research process.

Essays must be 750-1000 words (3-4 pages) long and address the student’s research process while working on their project. Submissions are judged based on how well the applicant demonstrates the following:

  • Sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections, including: printed resources, databases, primary sources, and materials in all media
  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any media that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future
  • Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

The deadline for the the essay is March 19, 2018.  Papers (such as Senior Theses) that are not yet completed by March 19, 2018 are still eligible. Please consult the Application Checklist for more details on applying for this award.  

The Essay Evaluation Guidelines provide a detailed description of our evaluation criteria and how the review panel awards points.


Application deadline is March 19, 2018.

Prizes will be awarded at the CURO Symposium on April 10, 2018. All applicants will be contacted by email to inform them of their status. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Kern (

Submit completed application package (application form, essay, and bibliography) in print or via email to:

Kathleen Kern (
UGA Libraries Undergraduate Research Award
Miller Learning Center, Room 373
Athens, GA 30602


*The framework for the UGA Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award is based on the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, University of California, Berkeley.