UK Libraries Taking Applications Now for Dean's Undergraduate Scholarship

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2017) — The University of Kentucky Libraries is now taking applications for the inaugural Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. The deadline for this award, which highlights information literacy skills and use of library services, is March 15.

The award will recognize and celebrate exceptional, original scholarship and research by UK undergraduates whose research projects make substantive and creative use of UK Libraries’ collections, services and resources.

“UK Libraries is very pleased to draw attention to the scholarship, innovation and creativity of UK undergraduate students with this award,” Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell said. “This award is another opportunity for UK Libraries to contribute to student success and recognize the important role that library resources play in research by UK students and faculty.”

Submissions are encouraged from all disciplines. Awards are judged on how well the student’s project demonstrates information literacy skills and the effective use of library resources. Examples of possible projects include:

  • written essay or research project in any field;
  • documentary, podcast, interview or any other multimedia project;
  • performance art project, performance, choreography or other original work;
  • studio art project including but not limited to: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking or environmental art;
  • original science, mathematics, physics or engineering project; or
  • recorded presentation in any field or discipline.

Applicants for the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship, must submit the following by March 15, 2017:

  • a completed application coversheet and checklist;
  • a project abstract (250-300 words);
  • a reflective essay on research process, including use of library resources (750-1000 words);
  • final version of project including complete bibliography in a standard publication style consistent with the discipline; and
  • a supporting statement from faculty sponsor (faculty of record of the credit-bearing course in which the project was completed or the faculty mentor who oversaw the project).

A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded each year. The student winner and their faculty sponsor(s) will be honored at a special event in the spring.

For details about eligibility, evaluation criteria and submission requirements, see the UKL Dean’s Award Guide at

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