Winesett Awards for Library Research

The Winesett Awards for Library Research recognize creative and original library research completed by Radford University undergraduate students. Awards are given to the students whose papers or projects best illustrate exemplary use of Radford University Libraries tools and resources, and the development of information-gathering skills.

Four $800 Winesett Awards are presented between upper (senior and junior) and lower (first-year and sophomore) undergraduate divisions, with additional awards for up to six honorable mentions with $100 prize each. In addition, the winners' works will be published in the Archives of the Winesett Scholars.

Application submissions will open in the Spring 2023 semester, using the link under the "Application Process". Open up the tabs below for more information, and be sure to look at our Winesett Awards frequently asked questions (FAQs). Winners will be announced at the ceremony.


Applicants must:

  • Be undergraduates enrolled in a degree program in any discipline at Radford University. 
  • Have started or completed a research paper or project for a Radford University credit course offered the prevous Spring semester through the current semester: for the Spring 2023 awards, projects completed Spring 2022 through Spring 2023 works in progress will be accepted. 
  • Print, web, and other media projects are welcome.
  • Agree to the exhibition of their projects online and in McConnell Library.

See the Research Awards FAQ for more information about eligibility and other frequently asked questions.

Application Process

Applications for the Spring 2023 will open in March!

They must include:

  • A draft or final version of your research project, in Word, PowerPoint, or PDF format. The project must include a bibliography of sources used in its creation. 
  • A 300-500 word essay describing your research strategies and use of any library tools and resources in completing your project. Please provide evidence of personal learning and development of research skills. This essay is given the greatest weight in the judging process (see criteria below).
  • A Statement of Support completed by your class instructor. This is a separate form your instructor must fill out in order for your application to be considered complete.

Submit your research project and essayPlease do not submit any other materials, such as portfolios or sources.

Selection Criteria

A panel composed of three librarians/library staff, two teaching faculty, and a McSLAB or STAT student representative (when available), 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.

Helpful Hints

Ask your professor at least one week before the deadline if they would be willing to complete the online Statement of Support form. 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 didn’t cite any sources that can be found through the catalog.

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


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