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Feinberg Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

The prize

This annual prize recognizes student excellence in library research. Submissions must be for a project completed in a 300- or 400-level course.

Winners receive $500 (applied to their college bill), a certificate, and publication of their submission in the SUNY Plattsburgh Digital Commons. Runners-up receive honorable mention.

The 2016-17 award is for projects completed in any of the following semesters:

  • Winter 2016
  • Spring 2016
  • Summer 2016
  • Fall 2016

Funding for this prize is provided through the charitable support of the Plattsburgh College Foundation. If you would like to help keep funding for this honor viable, then we invite you to make a gift now.

Who is eligible?

All applicants are required to be nominated by a SUNY Plattsburgh faculty member. Current students are eligible to apply. Students who have graduated may also submit applications, providing their projects were completed during the allowable submission period.

How faculty can nominate and students can apply

There are two parts to the application: one for nominating faculty and one for students. Faculty may begin by suggesting application to students whom they would like to nominate. Students should discuss their intentions with faculty and request nominating support. Next steps:

  • Faculty - submit the online nomination form, indicating the content and quality of the project and how it resulted from a thorough use of library resources.
  • Students - submit the online application form along with a brief written reflection summarizing the research strategy and process used in the project.

 Dates and deadlines for 2016-17

  • Faculty nominations - accepted between December 15, 2016 and Feb 15, 2017
  • Student applications - accepted between February 15 and March 15, 2017
  • Selection committee review - conducted between February 15 and March 15, 2017

Evaluation criteria

The Library Research Prize is awarded based on a determination of the quality of the research conducted for a project completed as part of an upper-level credit-bearing course at SUNY Plattsburgh. The award will be judged by a panel of SUNY Plattsburgh faculty using criteria that fall under the three categories listed below.

  • Process—assesses the choice of thesis and the process used to develop and collect information to provide supporting evidence of the thesis, including the use of search tools and library resources, and the search techniques applied.
  • Sources—examines the ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project. It looks at the depth and/or breadth in the use of library collections.
  • Project—assesses the originality of the research and/or whether the research has the potential to lead to original research in the future.

Criteria within each category will be assessed in terms of whether the student has exhibited beginning, competent, or excellent skills in the context of their topic, assignment, and discipline. The panel will review for evidence of the applicant's research strategy, research process, and personal learning, as evidenced in the project and bibliography. Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the requirements of the academic discipline.

Contact Information

For more information about the Feinberg Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, please contact the Prize Committee Co-chairs:

Holly Heller-Ross, Dean
Library and Information Technology Services
SUNY Plattsburgh
Phone: (518) 564-5180
Email: hellerhb@plattsburgh.edu 

Richard Schaefer, Associate Professor
History Department
SUNY Plattsburgh
Phone: (518) 564-5211
Email: schaefr@plattsburgh.edu