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 an $800 prize, while five finalists will each receive a $100 prize. In addition, the winners' works will be published in the Archives of the Winesett Scholars.


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 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Wintermester 2019-20 or Spring 2020 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

Submit your application through this online form by Thursday, April 16th, 2020, at 5 pm EST.

Applications must include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.  

Please 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 one student 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.


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