The 2021 Sam Burgess Undergraduate Library Research Award is open for applicants. This year the scholarship, which is awarded by the Indiana University Libraries Awards and Scholarship Committee, will be $2,500.
Though the Committee looks at a handful of criteria, the one topping the list is the use of library resources. Applicants must show how they determined what resources were needed, how they evaluated what they discovered, and how they synthesized those resources. Along with an example of the research essay or project, the applicant submits a 500-750 word essay describing research strategy methods and application of library elements used in completion of the research. In addition, a faculty member submits a letter of recommendation for the student and their research. This year's application is due March 29, 2021. Read about last year's winner.
Jo Burgess, retired IU Libraries' librarian, is the generous donor of the scholarship given out since 2006. Tragically, Burgess lost her son. Desiring to honor his legacy and love of reading, she funded this award in his memory. Each year, she meets the student who is chosen for their outstanding research and use of the IU Libraries. For examples of past years' outstanding winners, please see IUScholarWorks.