Undergraduate Research Award

The UW-Madison Libraries are offering an Undergraduate Research Award to support and celebrate excellence in undergraduate, library-based research. Undergraduate students who intend to make creative and intensive use of library resources as part of year-long research project (capstone, independent study, thesis, performance, exhibit, etc.) during the 2024-2025 academic year are encouraged to apply.

The selected student will receive $2,000, upon completion of the following requirements –

  1. An introductory meeting with the Undergraduate Research Awards team, where the student’s research interests and needs will be discussed and clarified.
  2. One or more meetings with a librarian with expertise in the student’s subject area who will assist the student as they pursue their research. The Undergraduate Research Awards team will facilitate this meeting.
  3. One to three check-in meetings per semester with a member of the Undergraduate Research Awards team, to assure that progress is being made and the student is being appropriately supported by the Libraries’ staff, collections, technologies, equipment, and other resources.
  4. A presentation to library staff, to be determined by the nature of the student’s research. The Undergraduate Research Awards team will coordinate this presentation with the student. Date will be determined by the Undergraduate Research Awards team in collaboration with other stakeholders.

The award will be distributed in two payments. The first payment of $1,000 will be distributed after acceptance into the award program and successful completion of Requirement 1. The second and final payment of $1,000 will be distributed after successful completion of Requirements 2, 3 & 4 within the same academic year as the project.

Failure to meet any of these requirements could result in rescission of the award and notification of said rescission to the faculty/staff member indicated on the application.

Interested students are invited to complete a short application. The application deadline is Thursday, May 16, 2024.

To learn about the Undergraduate Research Award program and past winners, please see our press releases.

For more information, contact Raina Bloom.