Research Excellence Prize

The Brandeis Library's Research Excellence Prize recognizes students who apply sophisticated information literacy skills to the selection, evaluation and synthesis of sources for a research project. In addition to highlighting exemplary student scholarship, the Award serves to encourage students to engage with library resources and make use of library services.

Five prizes of $250 will be awarded:

  • An award for research completed in a University Writing Seminar (UWS).
  • An award for a research paper or project completed by an undergraduate student outside of UWS
  • An award for a research paper or project completed by a graduate student. Dissertations are not eligible for this award.
  • An award for research which makes use of materials in the Brandeis University Archives & Special Collections. This award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dissertations are not eligible for this award.
  • An award for a digital research project. For a digital project, a student might present their research through data visualization, mapping, or multi-media. A digital project could be completed alongside a research paper or the project may be independent of a research paper.

The application deadline is May 14, 2021.

Students, submit your work for the Research Excellence Prize

Faculty, recommend a student's work for the Research Excellence Prize

Award Requirements

To be eligible to win a Research Excellence Prize, applicants must be current Brandeis University students. We will accept work that was produced between May 14, 2020, and May 14, 2021.

Types of Research Considered

In addition to research papers, students may submit other types of research projects that make use of library resources and services and demonstrate research skills. These projects can be from any academic discipline and might include:

Team projects are eligible for the award. If a team project is selected, the award will be split evenly among team members.


To have their work considered for the Research Excellence Prize, students are asked to submit an online application. Students will be asked to upload their research project and to write a research process essay as part of the application. The research process essay should be between 500-750 words, and should consider the following:

Students will also need a recommendation from the instructor who taught the course for which the student completed the research project or from a faculty member who served as an advisor to the research project. 

For papers written in a language other than English, students can submit a one-page summary of the paper, written in English.

Process for Selecting Award Winners

Research projects will be evaluated by a panel who will consider:

Wherever possible, submissions will be anonymized prior to the review process. In the case of digital projects, anonymization may not be possible.

Many of the ideas described in this proposal were inspired by and based on similar awards from other colleges and universities:

Library Research Award Recipients