Friends Undergraduate Research Award

The Friends of University Libraries of Bowling Green State University have established the Undergraduate Research Award to recognize excellence in undergraduate student research and writing at Bowling Green State University. The award encourages scholarly and creative research and promotes the use of University Libraries’ collections, particularly the use of primary sources.

Submitted papers must represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within the 18 months prior to the application deadline and while enrolled as an undergraduate student at Bowling Green State University.

Papers must include original research or primary sources from the University Libraries. Special Collections at the University Libraries with substantial primary sources include: the Curriculum Resource Center, the Music Library and Sound Recordings Library, the Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies, the Center for Archival Studies, or the Government Documents collection.

What is a primary source?  
A primary source is a record of an event, an occurrence, or a time period produced by a participant or observer at the time. Typically, one thinks of primary sources as unique documents or manuscript material (such as letters, diaries, journals, writings, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, etc.), or the historic records (archives) of an organization (such as correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports, etc.). Primary sources may also include government documents, artwork, artifacts, maps, music, audiovisual materials (film, audio and video tape), and electronic files which could include using research articles from a refereed journal.

Submitted papers must be original manuscripts and must not have been published or submitted elsewhere.

Papers with more than one author will be accepted, but all authors must have been undergraduate students when the paper was written.

Papers must be at least 5 but no more than 30 pages in length, including footnotes or end notes.

The Award
The selected author(s) will receive an award of $250. If there are co-authors, the award will be evenly divided among the authors. Each winner will receive a certificate. All winning papers will be added to ScholarWorks, the University Libraries digital institutional repository. 

Evaluation Criteria
Demonstrate significant growth as a scholar in describing their methods of research and analysis.
Originality of thought, mastery of content appropriate to class level, clear writing, and overall quality of presentation.

Applications shall be submitted electronically by Friday, March 24 to with “Research Contest” in the subject line.  Email with any questions.

The application package must include:

  1. A cover page, stating the author's name, contact information, and academic affiliation;
  2. Library Resources & Scholarly Development Essay -- Minimum 250 word essay describing the specific library resources used, research strategies & process, and the author’s development as a scholar.  Essays should also detail any assistance received from instructors, writing consultants, or librarians. The essay will be given substantial weight in the review process.
  3. the paper, carrying no author identification;
  4. a letter of endorsement from the faculty member for whose class the paper was written. Please see the attached Instructor Recommendation Form.

Review committee
A panel of faculty and community experts will evaluate the anonymous entries.

Selection of the Awardee

If runners-up are designated, they will receive letters of "honorable mention." In the absence of qualified applications, the Friends of University Libraries may make no awards.

Presentation of the Award
The award shall be announced and presented to the winning author at the annual Authors and Artists Celebration on April 12, 2017.