Apply by March 30 for $500 prize to recognize undergraduate research at IU Libraries (Burgess Award)

February 6th 2018
Burgess Undergraduate Research Award

Did you write an outstanding undergraduate research paper last semester?

Did you use any resources from any  IU Library to conduct your research?


If you answered "yes" to these questions, now is the time to apply for the Sam Burgess Undergraduate Student Research Award, which includes a $500 prize.

To apply, fill out an application form and ask one of your professors to endorse your application with a nomination form and a statement of support.

Don't delay, the deadline is 5 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018.  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 2017-2018 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:

Rachael A. Cohen, Discovery User Experience Librarian
IU Libraries, Discovery & User Experience
Herman B Wells Library W501
1320 E. Tenth St. | Bloomington, IN 47405

If you have questions, please e-mail

Contact Info

Herman B Wells Library
1320 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-2576 (Fax)
Michelle Ann Crowe
Michelle Ann Crowe - Director and Media Contact
(812) 856-4817