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Home About Grants Awards Undergraduate Research Award

Undergraduate Research Award


  • One award in the amount of $250.

Important Dates

  • Applications due: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Winner notified: February 1, 2019
  • Award presented: Spring Semester 2019, date TBD


  • All currently enrolled NDSU undergraduate students at any class level, and in any discipline.
  • Project completed during the 2018 calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31). Must be completed by the application deadline.
  • Project must have been completed for an NDSU credit-bearing course or with NDSU faculty supervision (e.g. independent study or undergraduate research programs).
  • Project may be in any format or medium (e.g. research paper, poster, presentation, design project, or website).
  • Projects may be individual or group; however, applications for group projects are submitted and evaluated individually.
  • Applicants must agree to confer a non-exclusive distribution license to NDSU Libraries in order to make the papers or projects, bibliographies, and essays publicly available in the NDSU Repository.

Application Requirements

  • Application form
  • Abstract or description of project (100 words or less)
  • Completed project (text document, image file, or website URL) 
    • File types accepted: MS Word, PDF, .jpg, .mov 
  • Bibliography 
  • Reflective essay 
  • Faculty statement of support 

Essay Requirements

  • 500-1000 words
  • Committee members will be looking for a clear description of how you planned and pursued your research, including how you located and chose the library resources you used and how those resources contributed to the development of your project. In the project itself, the committee will be evaluating how you used the resources you discovered to enhance the quality of your research and to learn more about your subject. Please consider the following questions when completing your essay.
    • How did you begin your research? Explain how you came up with and refined your research query/topic.
    • What research strategies did you employ as you searched collections or gathered data?
    • How did you select and evaluate the sources you found? Explain which criteria you used for selecting sources.
    • Did you seek assistance from a librarian, a professor, or someone else? If so, how has this interaction impacted your research process?
    • What did you learn during the research process that will help further your academic or professional career?
    • Finally, reflecting back on your research experience, what would you change? How could the library be a better place for your research needs?


Submissions (essay, paper/project, and bibliography) will be judged on how well they demonstrate the following:

  • Exceptional use of information and library resources, including but not limited to, printed and electronic resources, materials in all media, and guidance from a professor or librarian.
  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources in support of the research paper or project.
  • Evidence of significant personal growth in methods of research and inquiry.
  • Clear and effective writing.


A link to the submission form, as well as a link to the Faculty statement of support, will be made available on the NDSU Libraries website during the fall 2018 semester.


Last updated: 10/10/2018