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Awards for Excellence in Research & Creativity

 

Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity Guidelines

Introduction

Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University announces its 12th annual awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. The awards program encourages students to utilize the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies. These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Selected entries will become a part of the Booth Library Student Research and Creativity Collection.

Awards

The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students who are/were enrolled during the current academic year. Cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.

Timetable

Entries must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. CST March 22, 2021.  Recipients will be selected by April 1, 2021, and the winners will be honored during the Virtual Student Research and Creativity Discovery Conference on April 9, 2021. Work submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

Competition Rules

  1. Both individuals and groups of students may submit an entry, with only one entry accepted per person. If more than one person is involved in a project, you must indicate why a group was necessary and specify each person’s contribution to the whole. Only one entry is needed for each group project.
  2. All entries must describe, in narrative form, the influence that Booth Library’s collections, or those from another research collection, played in the success of their work. The use of library or archival resources must be made clear.
  3. The product of student research and creative activity may be any of the following; however, this list is not intended to be exhaustive.
    • Written work
    • Artistic work
    • Exhibit
    • Musical work
    • Documentary
    • Performance
    • Digital media
  4. A list of references is required for all entries. The list should contain all primary and secondary sources used in preparing the entry. When using Internet sources, students must link to the specific record used, not just the general website. All entries must contain citations and bibliographic references that follow a standard format regardless of which style manual is used.
  5. Students should explain the relationship of their submitted work to their education or research interests in general.
  6. The use of Internet sources is acceptable; however, the use of a variety of resources is recommended.
  7. All entries must be original works created or finished within the past 12 months. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. All written entries are limited to 25 pages. Students may choose portions of their theses to submit, in which case an abstract of the remainder of the document would be appropriate. Students should explore the accepted publication standards in their discipline.
  8. The work submitted must be introduced in such a way that an interdisciplinary panel can understand it. Communicating to a multi-disciplinary audience is required.
  9. All proposals submitted for the Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program will be used solely to judge the submission for the purpose of receiving an Award. Selected proposals will become a part of the Booth Library Student Research and Creativity Collection.
  10.  Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Jury 

The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity jury may consist of members of the Library Advisory Board, the library faculty and other invited specialists.

Judging Criteria

The judges will select the award recipient(s) based on the following criteria:

  1. Overall excellence
  2. Creativity/reserach
  3. Use of resources