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The Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award

The Emory Libraries offer undergraduate research awards to students who demonstrate excellence in undergraduate research.


The Emory Libraries' Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award recognizes Emory undergraduate students in all disciplines who . . .

  • use the Emory Libraries' collections and research resources in their original papers, digital projects, or posters;

  • show evidence of critical analysis in their research skills (i.e., locating, selecting, evaluating, and synthesizing information).

Undergraduate Research Award Details

Application Deadline EXTENDED:

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 12 midnight.

Number of Prizes 

Up to three prizes per year ($750 each) are awarded, and first-year students are encouraged to apply. Awards are supported by the Elizabeth Long Atwood Fund. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to win, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be current Emory undergraduates at any class level and in any discipline (humanities, sciences, or social sciences);

  • Have completed their research project in the form of a paper, digital project, or poster since March 1 of the preceding year for an Emory University credit-bearing course; and

  • Allow library staff to display their research project for public viewing following the receipt of the Undergraduate Research Award.

Evaluation

An evaluation panel composed of Emory University faculty and librarians will focus primarily on the evidence of the applicant's research strategy, process, and personal learning, as summarized by the research essay. Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline. For more details, see Undergraduate Research Award Criteria.

Award

The award is presented at the Emory Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Ceremony at the end of spring semester.

How to Apply 

Applications will be submitted through the student application form and must include the following: 

  • A 500-700 word essay describing your search strategies and use of library tools and resources. See Research Essay Tips;

  • A final version of the project, which may be in the form of a paper, digital project, or poster. Maximum length is 30 pages. Submissions may be portions of a larger work, such as a chapter of an honors thesis;

  • A bibliography or other appropriate listing of sources consulted. See Bibliography Tips.

Applications may also include (optional):

Questions?

If you have questions or need to report issues with the forms, please contact the committee.

Undergraduate Research Award Criteria

Submissions will be judged based on how well they demonstrate the following:

  • Sophistication, originality, and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections, including but not limited to print resources, databases, and other secondary resources; primary resources; and materials in all media;

  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future;

  • Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

An evaluation panel composed of Emory University librarians and faculty will focus primarily on the evidence of the applicant's research strategy, process, and personal learning, as summarized in the research essay. Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline. 

  • The primary focus of judging should be the research essay and bibliography as evidence of the research process.

  • The project itself provides evidence of the appropriateness and synthesis of the research.

  • The optional faculty or librarian recommendation should be used to learn about the initiative and independence shown by the student and to give an indication of the originality of the research and where it falls within its discipline.

An excellent submission should . . .

  • Demonstrate use of complex research tools such as primary sources, secondary sources, datasets, archival finding aids, and/or specialized databases;

  • Utilize a variety of types of information sources;

  • Make use of Emory's collections and services to their fullest;

  • Show originality of thought and the potential to lead to original research in the future;

  • Show evidence of significant personal learning and the development of research and inquiry skills;

  • Show careful evaluation of quality of information sources;

  • Include correct and complete citations of materials with annotations if appropriate.

Research Essay Tips

The judges will use your essay to evaluate your use of library resources and collections. Consider the following questions:

  • What did you learn about the process of doing research during the course of your work?

  • What discoveries did you make through carefully planned research and what through serendipity?

  • How will what you learned through conducting research for this project inform your future research work?

  • What did you learn about finding and evaluating sources?

  • What new discoveries did you make about library tools, techniques, and services?

Bibliography Tips

Your bibliography is a crucial part of your entry. When creating your bibliography, remember the following:

  • Properly cite all sources consulted in your project.

  • Questions? See the Emory Libraries' guide to Citing Your Sources.

Recent Recipients

Research Award Recipients for 2019 

  • Ellie Coe, class of 2022, history and Russian and East European studies major, for "The Soldier's Queue in the Eighteenth Century."

  • Hannah Fuller, class of 2020, history major, for "Jemima Wilkinson: The Genderless Feminist of the Englightenment."

  • Jennifer Wang, class of 2020, neuroscience and behavioral biology major, for "Cities Within Cities: A Comparison of Rockefeller Center and Peachtree Center."

Research Award Recipients for 2018

  • Chris Cháirez Batterman, class of 2019, music major, for "'Ser como el aire libre': Resistance and ethnic identity in the music of Teatro Campesino during the Chicano Movement, 1960-1976." Faculty recommendation from Dr. Laura Emmery.

  • Allison Lin, class of 2018, English major, for "On Masking and Unmasking: the Paradox of Censorship in Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray.'" Faculty recommendation from Dr. Laura Otis.

  • Nora Sullivan, class of 2018, creative writing and political science double major, for "African American Attorneys and Hope: Symbolic Victory in Macon, Georgia."

Honorable Mention

  • Andrew Hoover, class of 2020, neuroscience and behavioral biology major, honorable mention for "William Arthur Shelton's Journey to the Holy Lands and Beyond." Faculty recommendation from Dr. Cynthia Patterson. 

History of Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award 

The Elizabeth Long Atwood Undergraduate Research Award has recognized the outstanding scholarship of Emory undergraduates annually since 2009, thanks to the generosity of the Elizabeth Long Atwood Fund.