About the Awards
Up to two awards, in the amount of $500 each, will be given annually to Oberlin College students for outstanding papers or projects, in any subject, that demonstrate excellent research using library resources.
The four criteria considered are: creativity in the use of research tools, thoroughness in the research process, accuracy and attention to detail, and the use of a broad range of research tools.
- Alison Ricker, Head, Science Library, Chair
- Kathy Abromeit, Public Services Librarian, Conservatory Library
- Shelley Lee, Professor of Comparative American Studies and History
- Megan Mitchell, Academic Engagement & Digital Initiatives Coordinator/Team Leader, Reference and Instruction, Terrell Main Library
- Ann Sherif, Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
- Elizabeth Sullivan, Assessment and User Experience Librarian, Terrell Main Library
Nominations for the awards will be made by Oberlin College faculty. Any student project completed for academic credit, with the exception of honors projects, is eligible to be nominated. We cannot recognize projects for which students received remuneration.
Nominees will be asked to submit to the Friends of the Libraries Research Awards Committee a copy of the final project (e.g. paper, digital project, website, ect.), a bibliography, and a short essay discussing the research processes and strategies used in completing the project. The Committee will select the winners, and may choose to split one of the prizes among multiple nominees.
The award cycle was interrupted by the pandemic, and nominations are now sought for student research completed in both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. Selection of winners will take place in September 2021, in order to consider any nominations of research projects during the Summer semester.