Attention Undergraduate Researchers

January 24th 2014

Are you an outstanding undergraduate researcher?

Did you use the IU Libraries to conduct your research?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, you are eligible to apply for the Sam Burgess Undergraduate Student Library Research Award, which includes a $500 prize.  To apply, you should fill out an application form and ask one of your professors to endorse your application with a nomination form and a statement of support. The deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Read on for eligibility and evaluation criteria.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible, student nominees must:

  • Be currently enrolled as an IU undergraduate at any class level and in any discipline,
  • Have completed their research paper for a credit course at IU during the 2013-2014 academic year,
  • Agree that the paper and application materials will become property of IU Libraries and may be publicly displayed or included in IUScholarWorks, IU’s digital research repository, and
  • Perform individual research (group papers are not eligible).

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be judged based on how well they demonstrate the following:

  • Sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library resources and collections in any format,
  • Effective application of information literacy principles:
    • Determining information needs
    • Evaluating and analyzing information
    • Managing, organizing, and synthesizing information
    • Applying information in the context of the research paper
    • Communicating information in formats appropriate to an academic audience
    • Making responsible use of information by providing appropriate and accurate citations and credits, and
  • Evidence of significant personal learning and an understanding of the process of research and inquiry

Please submit materials unbound (i.e. no staples), placed in an envelope or folder to:

Julie Ranz

Library Administration

Indiana University

Herman B Wells Library 234

1320 E. 10th Street

Bloomington, IN 47405


If you have questions, please e-mail

Contact Info

Herman B Wells Library
1320 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-3403
(812) 855-2576 (Fax)
Carolyn Walters
Carolyn Walters - Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, Associate Librarian
(812) 855-3403