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Mary Ann Bolton Undergraduate Research Award

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, April 3, 2020 - 8:00pm
Rod Library, 1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614, USA

Mary Ann Bolton AwardApplications for the 2020 Mary Ann Bolton Undergraduate Research Awards are now open.

Rod Library annually awards Undergraduate Research Awards to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary research, scholarship, and creative work of UNI’s undergraduate student's thanks to a generous donation by Mary Ann Bolton (Class of 1970).  The awards are given to students who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of an undergraduate paper or project carried out under the guidance of a UNI Faculty member or approved mentor. 

Three awards will be given:

  • First Place - $1,000

  • Second Place - $500

  • Third Place - $250


  • Full time, undergraduate students at UNI from any major at the time of project completion are eligible to participate. This includes students who graduated in summer or fall 2019.

  • Projects must have been completed for a UNI credit-bearing course OR for a faculty-mentored project, in any format or medium (e.g., print, video, painting, photograph, website, mobile application).

  • Projects must have been completed no earlier than spring semester 2019.

  • Projects must be original work and not previously published.

  • Individual and group projects are eligible. Applications must come from individual students, and the essay must reflect the work of that student. However, the project may be individual or group / collaborative work.

  • A completed application includes the project, the essay, a letter of support, and a copy of the assignment/project requirements. All four parts must be included for the project to be eligible for evaluation.

  • If you submit more than one project to be considered for an award, each project must be complete and distinct, and each requires a separate letter of support. Each student will only be eligible to win one award during an award year.

Submission Process and Guidelines:

Applicants are required to complete and submit the following:

  • An online application form, including a short abstract describing the project 

  • Upload the following through the application form:

  1. A personal essay of 800 to 1,200 words (not including citations) describing the library or archival research, literature review, and resources used in preparing to complete the project.

  2. A final version of the research project including a complete bibliography of library resources. (In the case of honors theses, a Complete Rough Draft may be submitted, but will be judged as a final product.) The award winner will be encouraged to have their essay and project made publicly accessible through UNI ScholarWorks.

  3. Letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the applicant and his/her project. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from securing a letter, please explain.

  4. A copy of the assignment/project requirements.

    Please note: All final projects and other application materials must be submitted electronically in order to be considered.

The complete evaluation rubric is available here.

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline: Friday, April 3rd, 2020

  • Awardees notified by email: TBA

  • Award Ceremony and Reception: TBA

Past Winners

2019 Winners:

2018 Winners:

To see more information about past award winners, visit the Mary Ann Bolton Undergraduate Research Award page in ScholarWorks.

Organizer E-mail: 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UNI-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Susan Basye, Rod Library, at 319/273-2737 or at least one week prior to the event.

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