Opportunity | Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research

Are you an undergraduate who is working on an interesting research project? Consider submitting it to this prize contest.

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Deadline: March 19, 2018

In partnership with the Office of the Dean of the College, the Brown University Library sponsors the annual Undergraduate Research Prize. The purpose of the prize is to recognize excellence in undergraduate research projects that make creative and extensive use of the Brown University Library’s collections, including, but not limited to, print resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media. The project may take the form of a traditional paper, a database, a website, or other digital project.

Up to two prizes of $750 each may be given. Prize recipients will be honored at a Library reception and will be asked to give a short presentation on their research projects.

Prize-winning projects will be honored on the Brown University Library website and added to the Brown Archives.


Applicants must be current full-time students working towards a Brown University undergraduate degree.

Eligible projects:

  • Need to have been completed during 2017
  • Can be submitted by an individual or by a team
  • Must have been completed for a semester-long, credit-bearing course, either for a class or an independent study
  • Cannot be a senior honors thesis
  • Multimedia/digital projects are encouraged

Winners will be announced in early April 2018. If you have questions, please contact Heather Cole.

2017 Winning Project


The winner of the 2017 Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research was Vaughn Campbell ’18, an International Relations Concentrator.

Vaughn submitted a paper entitled, “Brown ­in­ China: Brown’s Role in the American Missionary Project of the Early Twentieth Century,” written in the spring of 2016 for Naoko Shibusawa’s course “HIST1554: History of American Empire.” The paper describes a collaboration between Brown University and Shanghai College in 1920.