University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

About the Award

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award (ULURA) is given in recognition of an outstanding original research project or paper in any media. Created by an undergraduate student or students at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), successful individual or group projects will demonstrate the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources. The winning entry will receive a $500 cash prize funded by the University Libraries.

Key Dates and Times

  • Application Form and Checklist Due: March 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.
  • Faculty Nomination Form Due: March 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.
  • Notification of Winner: April 14, 2017
  • Presentation of Award at the Student Honors Convocation: May 3, 2017


All applicants and authors must:

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student(s) at UNCG in any discipline.
  • Completed a research project or paper at UNCG in either spring, summer, or fall semester of 2016.
  • Contribute a copy of their paper or project to the UNCG Institutional Repository (NC DOCKS).
  • Attend the spring convocation to receive the award.


Students may be nominated by a UNCG teaching faculty member or submit his/her own project along with a letter from the supporting faculty member. Student applicants must submit the following:


Email or mail the completed application to:

Jennifer Motszko, Committee Chair
Phone: 336.256.1111
Address: 316 Jackson Library, c/o University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Committee, UNCG, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Evaluation Criteria

Successful projects will demonstrate:

  • Sophistication, creativity, originality, and depth or breadth in the use of library collections and scholarly resources. This includes, but is not limited to, print-based materials, databases, multi-media, and electronic resources. Materials obtained through interlibrary loan are acceptable.
  • Exceptional ability to use these resources in the creation of an original research project or paper.
  • Clarity and coherent organization of information. All writing must be grammatically correct.
  • Responsible use of information including appropriate and accurate citations and credits.
  • Projects and papers must be written in English

Past Winners

2017: Ryan Ridpath, "The Old Lady and Old Beardless: Gender, Emotion, and Legitimate Violence in Njal's Saga." Learn more about Ryan's research from this blog article or by viewing this video.

2016: Paula Damasceno De Oliveira, "Rosebud and the Glass Ball: Two Tricks to the Myth-Making of Citizen Kane." Learn more about Paula's research from this article or by viewing this video.

2015: Kyle Pope, "Lightbulb Moment: Electricity in the YWCA Scrapbook." Learn more about Kyle's research from this article or by viewing this video. 

2014: David Banks, "The Human Gut Microbiome: A Physiological System Approach." for his Honors Contract Thesis in General Microbiology. Learn more about David's research project in this video interview.

2013: Nathan Roberts, in Dr. Greg Knehans’s PSC 344: Politics of Globalization paper, "Chinese Consumers: World Systems and World Cultural Analysis of Culture Hybridity." Listen to an interview with Nathan.

2012: Jimmy Humphrey, IGS 400 paper "Missionary Work, Politics, Culture, and Ethical Globalization." Listen to the podcast interview with Jimmy.

2011: Sonia Haga, "A Comparative Study of the Perceptions of German POWs in North Carolina," for her Senior Honors Thesis in History under Professor Jeff Jones. Listen to a podcast interview with Sonia.

2010: Mary Robinson, "Poetry in Motion: The Divine Sarah on the English Stage," for Professor Woodworth’s Theatre History 501 class. Read the Library Column's article or listen to the podcast interview.