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About ULRA

The ability to perform research for accurate and relevant information is vital to academic success, professional potential, and effective civic participation. We believe the development of sound library research skills should be an integral part of a robust undergraduate experience. OSU Libraries recognize the need to inspire, support and highlight excellent research, critical thinking, and self-reflection skills at the undergraduate level. Accordingly, the OSU Undergraduate Library Research Award (ULRA) does not simply examine the product of research (a paper or project), but also emphasizes the importance of understanding and reflecting upon the process of developing a topic and research strategy in order to locate, evaluate and use the best information possible. We encourage all eligible undergraduates who have recently completed research for course credit or faculty-sponsored independent study to apply.

  • The application deadline for the 2019 award is March 4, March 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM (extended due to campus closure).
  • The following submitted items will be assessed: a 750 -1,000 word reflective essay describing the research process, a final or near-final version of the research project and a bibliography.
  • Awards will be given in the following two categories:
    • Underclassmen (fewer than 60 semester credit hours passed as of application deadline)
    • Upperclassmen (60 or more semester credit hours passed as of application deadline)
  • One winner and one honorable mention will be named for each category. Winners will be awarded $1,500 and honorable mentions will receive an award of $750.
  • Winners will be notified in April and formally announced prior to the end of the semester. Winning essays and student profiles may be highlighted on this website and other OSU media.
  • For more detailed information on eligibility guidelines and application process, please see the links on the left side of the page.