The Ames Library Scholarly and Artistic Research Proposal Award

The Ames Library Scholarly and Artistic Research Proposal Award provides a funding opportunity for an IWU student, under the supervision of a faculty sponsor, to propose a significant research or creative project in their specific fields of study. The goal of the award is two-fold:

  • to increase opportunities for student learning, information literacy​, and critical thinking​ skills through the creation of knowledge; 
  • to foster outstanding information literacy skills through the extensive and sophisticated use of the library services, resources and collections (done in collaboration with the liaison librarian​.)

One $500 award per academic year is available.

This award program is open to students in all academic disciplines; all forms of undergraduate research and artistic activities are eligible for support, including those that receive academic credit.  Students must have achieved sophomore or junior standing at the time they apply for the​ award; senior students graduating in May of the application year are not eligible to apply.

The student who is selected to receive this award must complete their proposed project before the end of the following academic year in which the award is presented. Students must identify a faculty sponsor who will supervise the project and help the student assess and refine the proposal. The submitted application is expected to be the work of the student. ​This cash award is unrestricted. Recipients will be expected to work with their library liaison over the course of the project, and share their work on Digital Commons after completion. Recipients may use the award monies as a stipend or for travel or project materials as needed.

Selection of this annual award is determined by members of the Library Advisory Committee. Criteria used to assess the project descriptions include the following:

  • A well-defined and clearly described research or creative idea;
  • A clear statement that speaks directly to the goals of this award and demonstrates how the applicant will use and integrate scholarly or artistic resources during the development of the project proposal;
  • A well developed, feasible timeline that indicates the project will be completed by the end of the following academic year;
  • A description of the significance of the project to the student’s development as a researcher or creator; and,
  • A description of the relationship of the work to the student’s field of study.

To apply:

The deadline for the student application is March 8; faculty letters are due March 12. A completed application packet will provide the following documentation:

  1. Application Cover sheet
  2. Statement of research or creative project description (3-5 pages)
  3. Letter from supervising faculty member, which may be sent independently of the student application, addressing the impact of the research or creative endeavor on the student’s educational experience and the discipline.

Student applications and faculty letters should be sent as .pdf files to Stephanie Davis-Kahl, University Librarian, ​​ using "Ames Library Scholarly & Artistic Research Award" in the subject line of the email.

Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. The winning project will be announced at the end of spring semester.

Questions may be directed to Stephanie Davis-Kahl: (309) 556-3010, ​