Undergraduate Research Award


About the Award

Each year the Undergraduate Research Award honors an outstanding student researcher. Applicants submit an application that includes 1) a research article and 2) a project which highlights the library’s role in supporting undergraduate research endeavors. Award winners will receive $500, recognition during the March pep-rally for NCUR participants, and publication in the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research (upon completion of required submission revisions).

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Award Background

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 (awarded through the Financial Aid department) is bestowed on an undergraduate student whose application (including a project 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 Research Award team will reach out to you if there are any issues with your submission. See below for more details on the research article and library research project. Please contact with any questions.

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Application Guidelines and Requirements
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled or recently graduated undergraduate students at KSU.
  • By applying, applicants allow KJUR to publish/share the research article and library research project.
Part 1 - Research Article:
  • Please include a current research article on any topic or subject. While we have no minimum or maximum length requirements, most submissions are 5-8 pages double spaced.
Part 2 – Library Research Project:
Please select one of the following options to be included in your application:
Option One: Application Essay
  • Essays must range in length from 500-750 words.
  • Essays must describe how library resources and/or services (including but not limited to chat, reference, research appointments, databases, books, GIL, and ILL) were used in the writing of your research article.
  • Applicants must refer to their research article within the application essay.
Option Two: Library Marketing Video
  • Videos should be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
  • Videos can be formatted to the applicant's preference.
  • Applicants will provide a one-page cover letter with a brief synopsis and link to their video.
  • Videos must show how library resources and/or services (including but not limited to chat, reference, research appointments, databases, books, GIL, and ILL) can improve undergraduate research.
  • Applicants must refer to their research article within the application video.
Option Three: Library Survival Guide Booklet
  • Survival guides should be between 5-7 pages and formatted as a booklet (8.5” x 6.5”).
  • Survival guides should range in length from 300-500 words and include images.
  • Survival guides must show how library resources and/or services (including but not limited to chat, reference, research appointments, databases, books, GIL, and ILL) can improve undergraduate research.
  • Applicants must refer to their research article within the survival guide.

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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 the role of the library in the undergraduate research process.

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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: No, you may only submit one award project per year. However, you may submit multiple articles to the KJUR.
Q: What is the deadline for submissions?
A: February 8, 2019.
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: The award money is bestowed by the Financial Aid department. Please contact the Financial Aid department at 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
  • , 3rd and 4th Year Undergraduate Support Librarian
  • , Repository and Publishing Specialist

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Past Winners

2018 - Sagi Shaier, “A Methematical Model for the Effect of Domestic Animals on Human African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness)” (To Be Published)

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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