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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 April 2023 deadline this means projects completed in spring 2022, summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023, 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 2022, summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023?

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

  • Reflective essay (40% of your score)
  • Your completed research paper or project, including bibliography (60% of your score)

The committee is accepting applications now through Monday, April 17, 2023.

Scoring Information

The committee will assign you a score out of 50 possible points. The point values are:

  • Reflective essay (20 points)
  • Your completed paper or project (20 points)
  • A complete, consistently formatted bibliography, reference list, or works cited (10 points)

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

Because the reflective essay is worth 40% of your score, be sure to dedicate enough time and effort to this component. In your reflective essay, you'll need to discuss things such as:

  • 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
  • What barriers you encountered and how you overcame them or redirected your research as necessary
  • Significant knowledge of methods of research and inquiry

Funded By

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

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