Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award


All submissions must include an essay, sources list, project files, and completed faculty support form. Each submission will be evaluated based on a rubric.

Reflective Essay Guidelines

Your reflective essay (max. 1000 words) should describe the library research you performed, and explain your decisions regarding how and where to search, and what sources to use. The essay will evaluate your critical thinking skills and evidence of your understanding of library research processes.

It is vital that you not rely solely on textbooks or readings selected for you by your instructor or research mentor. You may certainly use such sources in your project, but also include materials you discover independently through your own library research.

Use the following questions to help you get started.