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Consortium Library Award - $1,000

Information about the Consortium Library Award for undergraduate research.

About the Award

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Award amount: $1,000

The Consortium Library Award recognizes and honors an undergraduate research paper or project that demonstrates significant use of the Library's collections or services. You can apply for this award for a project that you completed within the current or prior three semesters relative to the application due date. For the May 8, 2024 deadline this means projects completed in spring 2023, summer 2023, fall 2023, or spring 2024, so long as current semester projects can be submitted in full by the deadline. This award is funded by the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

If you can answer "yes" to the following questions, you can apply for this award:

  • Did you use the Consortium Library for a research paper or project in an undergraduate class?
  • Did your use of the Library's collections or services help increase the breadth and significance of what you learned? 
  • Did your skills as a researcher grow as a result of completing this paper or project?
  • Does your paper or project include a complete, consistently formatted bibliography, reference list, or works cited?
  • Did you complete your paper or project in spring 2023, summer 2023, fall 2023, or spring 2024?

To apply, upload the following using this form. If you have trouble attaching your reflective essay or research paper/project, you can email items to Ruth Terry at rterry9 at

  • Reflective essay (50% of your score)
  • Your completed research paper or project, including bibliography (50% of your score)

The committee is accepting applications now through Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Scoring Information

The committee will assign you a score out of 100 possible points. The point values are:

  • Reflective essay (50 points)
  • Your completed paper or project (30 points)
  • A complete, consistently formatted bibliography, reference list, or works cited (20 points)

The reflective essay is worth 50% of your score. Your reflective essay should describe your research process in detail. Things to include:

  • What you learned about research and how you can apply those lessons to future research
  • Information literacy skills you acquired or strengthened while completing your research
  • How your skills as a researcher changed as a result of your use the Library's services or collections
  • Depth or broadness in your use of Consortium Library services or collections.
    • Examples include print or electronic books, journals, primary resources, media, the Research Help Desk, Research Appointments, Archives & Special Collections, and Interlibrary Loan
    • Specific resources and search terms that did or did not work, and why
  • What barriers you encountered and how you overcame them or redirected your research as necessary
  • Significant knowledge of methods of research and inquiry

This rubric provides more detail about the scoring criteria that will be used for each of the components listed above.

Funded By

This award is funded by the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

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Members of the Committee

Members of the Consortium Library Award Committee are happy to answer questions.

Ruth Terry, Chair

Page Brannon

Jodi Jacques

Taylor Keister

Guide Owner

This guide is maintained by Ruth Terry.