First Year Student
- 1st Place $500
- 2nd Place $250
This annual award is given to Notre Dame undergrads who demonstrate, through an 800–1,000 word essay, excellence in using library research skills and resources for course assignments, research projects, and creative endeavors.
The submission deadline is Sunday, May 14, 2023.
All winners receive a cash prize, are featured on news.nd.edu and other University websites, and are featured online in our Library Research Award Winners Circle.
Winners are selected from the following categories.
First Year Student
Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Capstone Project or Senior Thesis
In addition to these main award categories, specialized awards may be given for exemplary work in the area of digital scholarship.
OneSearch ND Catalog Library Guides HathiTrust WorldCat ArchiveGrid
Books Articles Datasets Streaming Audio & Video Manuscripts
CurateND Medieval Institute Rare Books & Special Collections University Archives
Librarians Curators Archivists Center for Digital Scholarship Staff Hesburgh Library & Branch Staff Media Corps Coaches
Reading Rooms Group Study Rooms Multimedia Studios Data Visualization Lab Collaboration Spaces Classrooms
Multimedia Equipment Specialized Software 3-D Printing & Scanning Virtual Reality Equipment Music Notation Software
Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery Technology Lending Large Format Printing & Scanning Code Cafe Research & Writing Camps Remix Multi-language Reading Club Workshops & Events
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Submission Window Opens
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Submission Deadline & Final Project Upload Deadline
Monday, May 22, 2023
Awards Ceremony Gallery
Write an 800–1,000 word essay in English about the library resources used in your research or creative work.
The essay competition is open to all undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at Notre Dame and do not already possess a baccalaureate degree. Essay submissions must describe assignments and projects completed in summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023.
Ask the appropriate instructor, faculty mentor, or advisor to submit a recommendation letter via the Recommendation Letter Form in support of your research or creative work. Note: If your letter is not received by the due date, your application will not be eligible for consideration.
See an example letter that you can use when you contact your instructor or advisor.
Your essay must be about a project for a credit-bearing course or supervised research project during summer 2022, fall 2022 or spring 2023. The project itself does not need to be completed by the application deadline — however, you must submit an excerpt of your project when you submit your application.
Preview the submission form to review questions and do advance planning before you submit your online application.
See Additional Guidelines
Submission is due by Sunday, May 14, at 11:59pm (EDT).