Undergraduate Research Award


About the Award

Each year the Undergraduate Research Award honors an outstanding researcher. Applicants submit a research article and application essay, which highlights the library’s role in supporting undergraduate research endeavors. Award winners will receive $500, recognition during the April Symposium of Student Scholars, and publication in the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research (upon completion of required submission revisions).

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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 effective research processes and successful use of library resources (including but not limited to chat, reference, research appointments, databases, books, GIL, and ILL). The $500 prize is awarded to an undergraduate student whose essay regarding the use of library resources demonstrates a thoughtful and thorough approach to research. The winner is guaranteed publication within the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research upon completion of the revision process. All runner-up articles will also be reviewed for publication within the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research 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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Application Essay Guidelines and Requirements

  • Essays must range in length from 500-700 words
  • Essays must describe how library resources and/or service (including but not limited to chat, reference, research appointments, databases, books, GIL, and ILL) were used in the writing of the applicant’s research article
  • Applicants must refer to their research article within the application essay
  • 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 article will be evaluated for clarity of writing, originality of ideas, use of library resources, and thoughtful analysis of the research topic. The application essay will be evaluated for specific mention of the library resources, services, and topic development.

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FAQ
Q:Who will judge?
A: Applications will be evaluated by a panel of KSU librarians.
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 15, 2018.
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
2017 - Kylah Pollard and Sarai Bauguess, "Prevalence and Incidence of Health Risk Factors Among Adolescent Girls"
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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