Undergraduate Research Award


About the Award

In addition to being published in the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research, the Kennesaw State University Library System will award an outstanding undergraduate researcher with $500 during the Symposium of Student Scholars in April for highlighting library resources in a short supplemental essay.

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Basic Premise of the Award

Established in 2015, the KSU Library System’s Undergraduate Research Award is awarded annually to a student demonstrating successful navigation of library resources for undergraduate research. The $500 prize is awarded to an undergraduate student whose essay regarding the use of library resources is selected through peer review. The winner is guaranteed publication within the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research, and all applicants’ research is put through the peer review process for possible publication.

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How to Apply

Click here to submit an article to the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research. After creating an account with the system, you will be redirected to the upload pages. This includes an Article Submission Agreement, information about yourself, and filling out metadata for your research article (i.e. title, abstract, keywords, etc.). You’ll see at the bottom of the upload form the opportunity to upload your 500-750 word Library Research essay. Both of your documents (the research article and library research essay) can be accepted in Word, RTF, or PDF formats. The editor of the journal or the Research Award team will reach out to you if there are any issues with your submission. Please contact digitalcommons@kennesaw.edu with any questions.

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Essay Guidelines and Requirements

  • The essay must accompany the research project submitted to the KJUR for publication consideration
  • The essay must range between 500-750 words
  • The essay must describe the research process: selecting and narrowing a topic, keyword searching, finding and evaluating sources, and the results
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled or recently graduated undergraduate students at KSU
  • By applying, applicants allow KJUR to publish/share the essay, as well as the research paper, if successful

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Selection and Evaluation Criteria/Rubric

The research paper and essay will be evaluated on research strategies, topic development, depth of sources used, and quality of writing. The essay must clearly state how you utilized library sources for the research.

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FAQ
Q:Who will judge?
A: Peer review will be conducted by a group consisting of faculty, library faculty and students from the Undergraduate Research Club.
Q: I recently graduated, but I conducted research during my undergraduate education and would like to submit that paper for publication. Am I eligible to apply for this award?
A: Yes, but only if you have graduated within the last calendar year.
Q: Can I submit more than one award essay per year?
A: You can submit as many articles as you would like for possible publication in KJUR, but only one Library Research essay will be considered for the award.
Q: What is the deadline for submissions?
A: February 20, 2017.
Q: Can I submit an essay without submitting a paper to the journal?
A: No, the purpose of the award to highlight and celebrate the relationship between library resources and a student’s research. Receiving the two together provides a more comprehensive picture of that relationship.
Q: Will the award money impact my financial aid?
A: Please contact the Financial Aid department at finaid@kennesaw.edu or 770-423-6074 with questions regarding any impact monetary awards might have on your specific financial aid situation.
Q: What is the Digital Commons?
A: DigitalCommons@Kennesaw State University is a digital repository of the intellectual and creative output of the university community at KSU; this includes theses and dissertations, faculty publications and books, journals, conference proceedings, and more.

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Sample Essays

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Contact Information
digitalcommons@kennesaw.edu

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Past Winners
2016 - Angelica E. Perez, "Silhouettes of a Silent Female's Authority: A Psychoanalytic and Feminist Perspective on the Art of Kara Walker"

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