Winesett Awards for Library Research

The Winesett Awards for Library Research recognize creative and original library research completed by Radford University undergraduate students. Prizes will be given to the students whose papers or projects best illustrate exemplary use of McConnell Library tools  and resources,  and the development of information-gathering skills.   The four winners (two  juniors/seniors and two freshmen/sophomores) will each receive a $500 prize, while each finalist will receive a $100 prize. In addition,  the winners' works will be published  in our online journal, Archives of the Winesett Scholars. 

Eligibility Applicants must

  • Be undergraduates enrolled in a degree program in any discipline at Radford University
  • Have completed a research paper or project for a Radford University credit course offered during either the spring 2017, summer 2017, fall 2017, wintermester 2017-18 or spring 2018 semesters. Print, Web, and other media projects are welcome.
  • Agree to the exhibition of their projects online and in McConnell Library

See FAQ for more information about eligibility.

Application Process

Applications for the 2017-18 awards are due April 19, 2018. Winners’ and finalists’ names will be available after April 28th at

        1. A completed application form 

        2. A brief 300-500 word essay describing your research strategies and use of all library tools and resources.

            This essay is given the greatest weight in the judging process (see criteria below.)

        3. A draft or final version of your research project, in Word, PowerPoint, or PDF format

            (If not an official part of the project, include a bibliography of sources used in its creation.)   

Also required: Support from the class instructor: professor completes online form at:

Please do not submit any other materials, such as portfolios or sources. Submit all application materials by the deadline:Thursday, April 19, 2017, 5 pm. Once you have submitted your application online, you will not be able to edit it. Selection Criteria A panel composed of three librarians/library staff and two teaching faculty will judge entries based on how well they demonstrate the following:

  • Originality, depth, breadth or sophistication in the use of library collections
  • Exceptional ability to select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and successfully use them in the creation of a project or paper
  • Evidence of personal learning and development of research skills
  • The essay describing your research techniques will be given the most weight in the judging process

Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant’s class year and the requirements of the discipline.

Winners and finalists will be announced at the Library Research Awards Reception.

Helpful Hints

Ask your professor to complete the support form at least one week before the deadline. Your application will not be considered without the completed form.

Your essay is your best opportunity to showcase your use of the library. Make sure the essay reflects work completed for the submitted paper or project. For example, don’t write about your extensive use and love for the library catalog if a quick check of your bibliography reveals you only cited articles (which are not found through the catalog).

Not sure what to write? See essays from past winners at the Archives of the Winesett Scholars.


See the FAQ page first. If your question is not answered there, please contact