Library Research Award for Undergraduates

Website: UW Libraries


The University Libraries recognizes the excellence and creativity of students through the annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates. The award is given to undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library and other information resources and to use them in the creation of an original course project. The award illustrates the mission of the University Libraries to enrich the quality of life and advance intellectual discovery by connecting people with knowledge and commitment to the educational mission of the University of Washington.

Since the inception of the Library Research Award for Undergraduates in 2004, the UW Libraries, through the generosity of The Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment and Friends of the Libraries, has awarded more than $100,000 to students. Awardees have gone on to do graduate work in universities around the country including Columbia, Harvard, Rutgers, Syracuse, Yale, and the University of Washington. They have become scientists, professors, lawyers, economists, doctors, and more.

  • All undergraduates enrolled at the University of Washington are eligible.
  • The $1,000 awards are given in three categories: Senior Thesis, Senior Non-Thesis and Non-Senior.
  • Projects completed in Spring Quarter 2021 through Spring Quarter 2022 are eligible.
  • Projects must have been completed for UW course credit, for the Undergraduate Research Program (URP), or the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • A project may be in any format or medium.
  • Individual or group projects are eligible.  Each student will be judged individually.


Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented
Contact Information

Couldn't find your answer in the FAQ?  If you have any questions regarding the application process, eligibility, or the competition in general, please contact the Library Research Award for Undergraduates Committee: 


Library Research Award for Undergraduates Committee
Box 353080
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3080