Congratulations to the previous winners of The Ames Library Artistic and Scholarly Research Strategies Award:
The Ames Library has established an award to recognize outstanding information access strategies used by students in the development of their scholarly and artistic/creative projects while at IWU. One award of $500 will be given to the winning essay at the end of the academic year. Funds for this award are made possible by the generous contributions of donors to The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University.
In this age of electronic information, research in support and development of artistic, scientific and scholarly projects has become a more complicated process. Sources may come in a multitude of forms – print, microfilm, sound recordings, oral histories, websites, or images. Evaluating and integrating these sources into one’s research or creative process can take increasing time and effort. This award was created to acknowledge those students who take the time to develop a thoughtful, methodical, and scholarly approach to the gathering of pertinent background information needed for their work, as well as to encourage students to develop excellent research techniques.
All students who complete an artistic, scientific, or scholarly project during the current academic year are eligible to submit their application for this award. Projects may be started in previous academic years but must be completed in the academic year in which the award is given. The work may be done as part of independent study work, honors classes, the John Wesley Powell Research Conference, or other academic work. All submissions must be accompanied by a letter of support from the faculty member who taught the course or served as a supervisor for which the paper/project was submitted or completed.
The applications will be reviewed by The Ames Library faculty based on how well the applicant demonstrates the reflective and effective use of scholarly and/or creative materials. A successful application should address the following four questions:
Submissions will be evaluated by The Ames Library faculty members.
Required Application Materials and Procedure
Applications will consist of:
Application deadline is 12:00 p.m. March 18, 2011. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and late applications will not be considered. Applications will not be returned; please submit copies of the research project or paper.
Projects may be e-mailed to Karen Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or hand-delivered to the Office of the University Librarian, 201-A The Ames Library.