Elihu Burritt Library Research Awards for Central Connecticut State University Students

2021 Application Guidelines and Student Application Form

Deadline: March 8, 2021
Winners will be notified by April 9, 2021.

The Elihu Burritt Library's Student Research Awards recognize excellence in CCSU undergraduate and graduate research papers/projects as well as skill and creativity in the application of library services, resources and collections. Two prizes of $350 will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate student during the 2021 spring semester at the University Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE STUDENT LIBRARY RESEARCH AWARD IS A SEPARATE PRIZE FROM THE OTHERS PRESENTED AT THE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT DAY (URCAD).  For more information about URCAD, please go to http://www.ccsu.edu/urcap/index.html

Eligibility:

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled during the spring 2021 semester as a Central Connecticut State University student at any class level or discipline/major.
  • Have completed their research paper or project for a credit course during the spring, summer, or fall semesters in 2020.
  • Agree that the paper or project and application materials will be publicly displayed in the library and/or library website.

Evaluation Criteria:

Research papers/projects will be judged on how well the following are demonstrated:

  • Unusual depth or breadth in the use of Burritt Library resources and collections.
  • Use of a broad array of information sources (may include print, online journal articles from databases, Web, primary sources, etc.).
  • Information sources are appropriate to the context of the project.
  • Print and electronic sources must be properly and fully cited in a Bibliography/Works Cited using discipline-appropriate bibliographic style guide.
  • Writing (including essay - see below) has clarity, coherent organization and is grammatically correct.

Application Procedure/Checklist:

Applications must include all of the following to be considered for the award:

  • Application form (below), which includes a brief summary of your research paper/project.
  • A 500 - 750 word essay describing research strategies and application of library tools and resources (research databases, online catalogs, books, etc.) used in completion of the project. You can include information such as search strategies, what made a source valuable or less useful, etc.
  • An electronic copy of the final version of the research paper/project.
  • An electronic copy of the bibliography or source list.

Application deadline is March 8, 2021. Essay, paper/project, and bibliography should be uploaded to form in the Microsoft Word, RTF or PDF file format.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Slaga-Metivier, Reference Librarian, at slagas@ccsu.edu .