The Signature Course Information Literacy Award celebrates excellence in library research and the practical application of the Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy. Up to three awards are given each year for research projects submitted in a UGS 302, UGS 303, or TC 302 course (depending on the number of nominations). The first place winner receives $300, second place receives $200 (if awarded), and third place receives $100 (if awarded). Honorable mention (if awarded) does not receive a monetary prize. Winners in group projects split the award. All winners receive a certificate of recognition and have their work archived and made accessible through the Texas ScholarWorks Digital Repository. The panel of judges consists of librarians from Teaching and Learning Services and staff at the Sanger center and the Writing Flag office. The awards are presented in April each year.
Nomination deadline: January 19, 2024
All materials must be submitted by: January 26, 2024
Students can submit research projects from any signature course completed in spring, summer, or fall of 2023. If you are entering with a paper from spring or summer, we recommend submitting your materials at the end of that semester.
|Faculty-nomination or TA-nomination||Student self-nomination or after faculty nomination|
Step 1: Complete the nomination form, which includes a one-paragraph justification for your nomination. Tell us what was exemplary about this student's (or group's) research. Consider the research process and the quality and use of sources. Remember that the award is granted on the basis of research skills and information literacy, not writing.
Step 2: The Libraries will contact the student(s) for the work nominated and confirm your nomination via email.
Step 1: Complete the self-nomination form. You can submit the documents (project, bibliography, and research strategy essay) required in step 2 via this form or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Submit your documents either in the self-nomination form or to email@example.com
Research Strategy Essay
Write a 400-600 word essay describing your research strategy. Discuss the steps you went through to gather and use the information needed for your project.
You might discuss how you:
It is not necessary to cover all of these topics. Discuss those that are relevant to your research process.
For group projects, only one essay is required. Include your name(s).
Step 3: Ask your faculty member or TA to submit a one-paragraph statement supporting your self-nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org (you don't need to do this if you were already nominated by your prof. or TA).
The statement should:
Tell us what was exemplary about this student's (or group's) research. Consider the research process and the quality and use of sources. Remember that the award is granted on the basis of research skills and information literacy, not writing.
Successful projects will:
For more information, please contact Sarah Brandt, email@example.com, (512) 495-4145
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