University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award 2015

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award is given in recognition of an outstanding University of North Carolina at Greensboro undergraduate research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media. The winning entry will receive a $500 cash prize funded by the University Libraries and awarded at a convocation on April 28, 2015 at 7pm. [ PDF of the award details | Past Winners]

2015 Winner

The University Libraries congratulate Kyle Pope, the winner of the 2015 Undergraduate Research Award for his paper, "Lightbulb Moment: Electricity in the YWCA Scrapbook." Learn more about Kyle's research from this article or by viewing this video.  You can also read his paper which is posted in NC DOCKS, our institutional repository.


Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate during Spring 2015 at UNCG in any discipline.
  • Have completed a research project for a credit course or supervised independent study at UNCG during the spring, summer, or fall semesters in 2014.
  • Agree to contribute a copy of their paper or project to the UNCG Institutional Repository.
  • Agree, if possible, to attend a convocation on April 28, 2015 at 7pm.

Application Requirements

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. Please print the form out to submit. Student applicants must submit the following:

  • A cover sheet with your contact information, the title and description of the project, the course and semester in which the project was completed, and the sponsoring faculty member’s information (award cover sheet: individual or group)
  • A nomination form and an accompanying letter of support from the supervising UNCG teaching faculty member (nomination form)
  • A 500-750 word personal essay describing your research strategies and the scholarly resources you used and any library staff members you consulted to complete your project. Please include information such as search strategies, what made a source valuable or less useful, etc. (essay guidelines)
  • A bibliography of serveral sources consulted following a publication style consistent with the discipline
  • A copy of the completed paper or project in whatever format is appropriate

Evaluation Criteria

Successful projects will demonstrate:

  • Sophistication, creativity, originality, and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections and scholarly resources including, but not limited to, print-based materials, databases, 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.
  • Evidence of significant personal learning and growth in the development of research strategies.
  • Writing, including the essay, that has clarity, coherent organization and is grammatically correct.
  • Responsible use of information including appropriate and accurate citations and credits.
  • Papers must be written in English.

Evaluation Committee

Submissions are evaluated by a panel of faculty members and staff from the University Libraries.

  • Deadline for application: March 20, 2015
  • Notification of winner by: April 10, 2015

Questions? Contact Nancy Ryckman, Committee Chair, 256-0345 or

Mail, email or deliver the completed application by 5pm on March 20, 2015 to:

Nancy Ryckman
106 B Jackson Library
c/o University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Committee
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

or, email to

Past Winners:

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. You can also read his paper in NC DOCKS our insitutional repository.

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 interivew with Sonia!

2010: Read the Library Column's article on Mary Robinson, of Theatre and Media Studies, for her paper "Poetry in Motion: The Divine Sarah on the English Stage" or listen to the podcast interview!