Tisch Library Undergraduate Research Award

Tisch Library has developed an award recognizing outstanding undergraduate use of the library’s collections, resources and services in the production of an exemplary research project. All Tufts undergraduates are encouraged to apply.


  • All undergraduate students registered through the end of Spring 2014 are eligible.
  • Group projects are eligible.
  • Projects/papers completed between January 2013 and the present are eligible.

Winners are expected to

  • Contribute materials to a Tisch display.
  • Attend a lunch/research exhibit on April 18, 2014 from noon-1:30pm.
  • Submit their entry to the Tufts institutional repository.

Award Categories

A first prize of $500 and a second prize of $250 (split evenly among groups) will be given to projects/papers in each of the following categories:
  • the first year writing program (ENG 1-4 or any course taken to fulfill the college writing requirement)
  • 001-099 level courses
  • 100-199 level courses

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, October 14th, 2013: Students may submit applications.
  • Friday, February 28, 2014, 5pm: Deadline to submit applications. Due by 5pm. Neither incomplete nor late applications will be considered.
  • Friday, April 25, 2014: Winners announced at undergraduate awards ceremony.

Application Procedure

  1. Collect your application materials. A complete application will consist of:
    1. The personal info form (Download),
    2. a 500‐750 word essay (see essay tips) describing research strategies and application of library tools, resources and services in completion of the project,
    3. the final version of the paper/project including a bibliography. If your project is not in digital form, contact the committee at tischlibraryawards@elist.tufts.edu),
    4. the instructor recommendation
  2. Attach to an e-mail the personal info form, the essay, and the paper/project and send to tischlibraryawards@elist.tufts.edu by Friday, February 28th at 5pm. Assure that your instructor sends the instructor recommendation form by the same time.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be judged on demonstration of:
  • Unusual depth or breadth in the use of library services, staff and collections.
  • Extraordinary ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any medium that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future.
The following scorecard will be used:
Component Point value
Essay 20
Completed project 20
Bibliography 10
Total possible 50

Still have questions?

See the FAQ

Contact the Committee

Julie-Ann Bryson(617) 627-5862
Deborah Grams(617) 627-4086
Martha Kelehan(617) 627-2092
Laurie Sabol, chair (617) 627-5167
Erica Schattle(617) 627-2847