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What is the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award?
The award is given annually to K-State undergraduate students who conduct exceptional library research for course projects.
What source projects are eligible for the award?
Projects completed in during the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible for the current award cycle. Projects may be in any format.
How many awards are offered?
A grand prize is offered in the individual freshman ($1,000), individual non-freshman ($1,000), and group categories (minimum of $2,000). Additional honorable mentions may also be awarded in each category.
Can I submit a project before it is complete? Can I submit a draft?
Yes. Please note, however, that all submissions are judged on the same criteria. Drafts will not be returned to applicants to make changes before the deadline.
When is the application deadline?
Applications may be submitted any time before May 1, 2020.
Can I receive this award if I am enrolled at Kansas State Polytechnic or K-State Olathe?
I am in a program that awards Master’s degrees, but is for students straight out of high school. Am I eligible?
Yes, as long as you are not in the final year of your program.
Are groups or teams eligible?
Undergraduates on groups or teams may participate in the award competition. Names of all group members must be included on the application form.
I co-authored a paper (or book, chapter, etc.) with my professor. Can I use this for my project?
No. Only projects completed as a requirement for a K-State course are eligible.
What criteria will be used to evaluate my project?
The criteria are presented in the evaluation rubric. Please note that the essay you submit as part of your application has a significant impact on how your project will be evaluated.
Who will evaluate my submission?
Your submission will be evaluated by a committee of faculty and librarians.
What qualifies as a "library resource?"
A library resource is information that is accessed in a physical library, through a library’s website or database or through interlibrary loan. Such resources include books, journals, sound recordings, video recordings, and primary resources such as personal collection papers and records. Applicants may use materials accessed through any library—not just K-State Libraries.
May I submit a project I completed for independent study?
Yes, provided that you received (or will receive) course credit for your independent study.
Is there a minimum or maximum length requirement for the project?
No. If your project was completed as part of a course, it should follow the length requirements provided by the course instructor.
If my project is in a language other than English, is it eligible?
Yes, but the accompanying essay must be in English.
Do I need to be nominated for this award?
No, but you must have a completed faculty support form from an instructor of the course for which the project was completed.
May I submit multiple projects in one award cycle?
Yes, but you may only receive one award. Each project requires its own application, complete with a separate application form, essay and letter of support.
Are previous winners eligible to win again?
How do I know my class standing at the beginning of the application period?
To answer this, count up the credits you had completed as of the beginning of the award cycle. The official K-State breakdown is: 0-29 Freshman; 30-59 Sophomore; 60-89 Junior; 90+ Senior.
Can my project be something other than an article or paper, e.g., a poster, DVD, work of art, speech?
Yes, projects in all media are eligible. If your project is a speech, you must submit a written version of the speech. A video of the speech is not required but is welcomed. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on where to bring your project if it is in a format you cannot submit online.
Must the faculty support form be completed from a member of K-State's Faculty?
The faculty support form must come from an instructor of the course for which you completed your research project. The instructor may be a member of K-State’s Faculty or a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) or a graduate research assistant (GRA).
When are award winners notified?
All students who apply for the award will receive notification of whether or not they have received an award after the submission deadline.
What is K-REx, K-State's institutional repository?
K-REx, short for K-State Research Exchange is the institutional repository for Kansas State University and provides permanent access to scholarly materials created by our faculty and students.
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