Announcement | Library Innovation Prize & Carney Institute Brain Science Reproducible Paper Prize

The Brown University Library is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Carney Institute for Brain Science on two prizes for student work that exemplifies research rigor, transparency, replication, and reproducibility.

Library Innovation Prize

Drawing on the rising importance of rigor and reproducibility of research, the Brown University Library will award up to $750 for the creation of a publication, capstone paper, digital project, and/or thesis/dissertation that incorporates innovation in rigor and transparency in any field of research.

See past Innovation Prize-winning projects.

Carney Institute for Brain Science Undergraduate Student Prize

The Carney Institute for Brain Science is offering a parallel but independent undergraduate prize for a capstone paper or thesis within the general area of brain science that incorporates innovation in reproducibility.

Timeline & Registration

  • Friday, March 13 at 2 p.m.:  Informational meeting the Digital Studio Seminar Room (160) at the Rockefeller Library. (Attendance is not required but is strongly encouraged.)
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Deadline for registration for both prizes
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020: Submissions from registered participants are due by 5 p.m.
  • Week of May 18, 2020: Winners will be notified by email


  • Dr. Jason Ritt, Scientific Director of the Carney Institute
  • Lydia Curliss, Physical Sciences and Native American and Indigenous Studies Librarian
  • Dr. Oludurotimi Adetunji, Associate Dean of the College for Undergraduate Research and Inclusive Science

Innovation in Reproducibility

An example of innovation in reproducibility is linking data, analysis code, and figures/visualizations within a single document file that can be opened, read, and executed by the panel of judges using commonly available, preferably open source applications (e.g., Jupyter notebooks in a generic web browser).

Rigor & Transparency

Projects with enhanced rigor and transparency could include:

  • Curating and publicly sharing a data set
  • Pre-registration and sharing of a protocol
  • Sharing and containerization (e.g., Docker or Singularity) of analysis code and other computing environment related technologies
  • Incorporating an “Annotation for Transparent Inquiry (ATI) Data Supplement” for transparency in qualitative data analysis

More information:


  • Library prize contestants must be currently enrolled Brown undergraduate or graduate students. The Carney prize is restricted to Brown undergraduates.
  • Projects may be created by individuals or teams. The projects should be new or created in the past calendar year (2019).
  • There are no limits on coding languages or tools to create the reproducible paper.
  • The research must be the contestants’ original work. You may submit original work that you complete for a capstone paper for a course or an honors thesis or thesis at Brown.
  • Winning projects remain the intellectual property of the contestant(s), but the winning contestant(s) will grant a non­exclusive perpetual license to Brown University for its internal, non­-commercial use.
  • A panel of judges selected from faculty and Library staff will determine the winners.

Contact Information

  • For additional information, please contact Andrew Creamer at
  • For questions on reproducible documents and their implementation, registered participants may contact Dr. Jason Ritt, Scientific Director of Quantitative Neuroscience in Brown’s Carney Institute for Brain Science at Dr. Ritt will provide general advising up to schedule availability. Advice will be provided as is, with no implication for contest judging or award outcomes.

2017 Library Innovation Prize

3D Printed Model of a Protein

The Brown University Library announces a $500 first prize and a $250 second prize for the creation of the most innovative and interesting 3D color-printed model. The theme for this year’s prize is the Brown University campus. Contestants must be currently enrolled Brown graduate or undergraduate students.

For more information and complete list of rules, please click here to visit the Innovation Prize website.

Students participating in the Innovation Prize will use the tools in the Rockefeller Library’s Digital Studio, in particular the ProJet 660Pro 3D printer — the only full-color, gypsum-based 3D printer on campus. Given the capabilities of the printer, we are particularly interested to see models that make use of both dimensionality and color.


Friday, March 10 @ 12 p.m.
Information Meeting 
Rockefeller Library Digital Studio Seminar Room (Rock 160).

Friday, March 24 @ 5 p.m.
Proposals Due
Submit short (~300 words or diagram), initial proposals. Individuals or teams may submit proposals as early as they like. Submit your proposal online.

Friday, March 31 @ 5 p.m.
Proposal Response
A team of Library staff will evaluate all proposals. Applicants will be provided with comments/suggestions on the feasibility, suitability, uniqueness, and/or legal issues of their projects. Note: We do understand that students will be on Spring Break at this time.

Thursday April 13 @ 12 p.m.
Presentation and Judging
Individuals and/or teams will present their 3D prints/models in the Library’s Digital Studio and the models will be judged. Light snacks will be provided.

Friday April 28 @ 12 p.m.
Prizes Awarded
Prize-winning individuals and/or teams will present their 3D prints/models once again in the Library’s Digital Studio and awards will be presented. Light snacks will be provided.

3D Printed Model of a Neuron