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

Essays must be 750-1000 words (3-5 pages) long and address the student’s research process while working on their project. Applicants are required to meet with a subject specialist librarian as part of the application process.

Submissions are judged based on how well the applicant demonstrates the following:

1.) Sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in their use of library collections. Collections used as part of the project can be in any media (e.g., printed materials, databases, primary sources).

2.) Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and use them in the creation of a project in any media. Projects should show originality and/or the potential to lead to additional original research in the future.

3.) Reflection on the research process and development of the research project, including personal learning and growth as well as the development of a habit of research and inquiry that is likely to persist in the future.  This would include "aha!" moments, road blocks, and any sort of example to demonstrate maturing of the research journey of the student.

The deadline for the essay is March 11, 2024.  In-process research projects (such as Senior Theses) are eligible for consideration. Please consult the Application Checklist for more details on applying for this award.  

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

Prizes will be awarded at the CURO Symposium on April 8-9, 2024. All applicants will be contacted by email to inform them of their status. 

Submit completed application package (application form, essay, and bibliography) online. 

Questions?  Contact

Elizabeth White (
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.