Research Excellence Prize

Research Excellence Prize flyerThe 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.

In this year of racial reckoning, the Library would like to encourage and highlight student research focusing on racism and anti-racism. A new prize has been added this year for research related to racism and anti-racism, and we also encourage student research in this area for any of the library’s prize categories. The Library’s Research Excellence Prizes include:

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. Please try to address the following questions:

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

Please view our Library Evaluation Rubric below and Faculty Evaluation form for details about how submissions will be reviewed

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

Reviewers for the 2021 prizes were Aimee Slater, Alex Willett, Alexis Cooper, Antoinette Davis, Chloe Gerson, Emily Graham, Hillary Kativa,Ilse Allen, Jennifer Giordano, Joanna Fuchs, Kathryn McNally, Lauren Buckley, Lisa Zeidenberg, Lou Hartman, Margarita Corral, Mary Calo, Rachel Greenblatt, Stefanie Borntreger, Surella Seelig, Thomas Valicenti and Zoe Weinstein.

Library Research Award Recipients