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 Radford University Libraries tools and resources, and the development of information-gathering skills.  

The Spring 2021 awards will offer six $750 Winesett awards instead of the usual four, three for juniors/seniors and three for first-years/sophomores, with nine $100 honorable mention awards instead of the usual five. In addition, the winners' works will be published in the Archives of the Winesett Scholars.

Eligibility 

Applicants must:

  • Be undergraduates enrolled in a degree program in any discipline at Radford University. Note: for the Spring 2021 Awards, those that graduated in between Fall 2019 and Fall 2020 may apply.  
  • Have completed a research paper or project for a Radford University credit course offered from the Spring 2019 through Spring 2021 semesters. 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 are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 5th. Click here to submit.

They 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.

Winners will be announced at the reception from 3 - 4 p.m. on Friday, April 16th on Zoom.

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.

Questions?

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