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Awards for Laurier undergraduate students for using library resources in their courses.

Library Undergraduate Research Award

The nomination form for next series of awards will be posted early in January 2023.

The Library is delighted to announce the continuation of a series of four awards available to undergraduate students. The awards will be given to recognize undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional use of any library's resources as part of their regular coursework.

Two awards, a first and second place are available to any first or second year students, and another two (first and second place) to any students in either their third or fourth year of study. Each first place award will be in the amount of $350, and each second place award is $150.

The winning papers often exemplify the following:

  • students have utilized Laurier Library's collections and services fully, and/or students have made use of Library materials from other Libraries.
  • a wide variety of resources relevant to the discipline have been consulted and used. Possible source types include books, articles, reserves, government documents, dissertations, archives, manuscripts, technical reports, working papers, statistics, data sets & audiovisual materials.
  • the quality of sources chosen strongly support the thesis.
  • the materials chosen reflect the time frame relevant to the topic and may include primary sources.
  • the students have gone beyond materials of the primary discipline to include an interdisciplinary approach to the topic
  • the student understands and uses citation styles accurately

Faculty members are welcome to nominate undergraduates for this award through the link found above. The Library Undergraduate Research Awards Committee (LURAC), made up of 3 librarians and 2 faculty members, will review each nomination and related coursework, and provides their recommendations to the Student Awards Office each year.

  • Each Laurier faculty member is welcome to nominate up to four undergraduates, two for the Junior award and two for the Senior award.
  • Nominators will be contacted separately to provide copies of the work to be considered
  • Academic work must have been completed the year prior to nomination, for example, for the 2023 award, only work submitted in 2022 will be considered. Students who have already graduated are still eligible.

See the results of previous years' awards here: