Undergraduate Library Research Award

College Library, in conjunction with the Undergraduate Symposium, offers annual Undergraduate Library Research Awards. The Undergraduate Library Research Awards celebrate excellence and creativity in undergraduate library research.

Examples of library research include the literature review for a laboratory study, the use of primary sources in a historical research paper, or the background research for a creative arts project. Successful candidates will demonstrate the application of information literacy skills in the library research process and in the use of library resources in the final project.

Up to two Undergraduate Library Research Awards will be presented at the Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Winners of the Library Research Awards will receive a cash prize of $500. Please note: The Financial Aid Office may need to modify your aid package as a result of you receiving outside aid, such as this cash prize.

Application Deadline for the Spring 2017 Award is Friday, March 31!


Undergraduate students who are enrolled at UW-Madison during the current academic year and are presenting at the Undergraduate Symposium are eligible to apply, including those graduating in December.

Application Procedure

  1. Contact Raina Bloom or Kelli Hughes at College Library, Jessica Newman at Steenbock Library, or Lisa Wettleson at Special Collections to review and discuss your research (optional but recommended).
  2. Reflect on the various tools and strategies used to locate relevant materials and prepare to answer short essay questions.
  3. Submit an application (which includes a copy of your project and responses to short essay questions above) and a statement of faculty support.

For more information, please contact Raina Bloom or Kelli Hughes.