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Library Award for Undergraduate Research

The Calvin T. Ryan Library Award for Undergraduate Research, in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity, recognizes and honors excellence in the use of library services, collections, and resources by undergraduate student researchers.


All undergraduate exhibitors and presenters at Student Research Day, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, are eligible to apply for the award.

How to apply

To apply for this award, submit the following:

  1. A bibliography of all works cited and consulted for the project.
  2. A narrative of the research process, explaining how library resources (Research Guides, databases, indexes, etc.) were used for the project and specifying which Calvin T. Ryan Library services (research consultations, web tutorials, etc.) were used within the research process.
  3. Do not include research logs or copies of articles with the application.
  4. Submit the application documents electronically as an email attachment to Rochelle Krueger at
  5. Application deadline is March 25, 2018.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be judged by a panel of UNK library and departmental faculty in accordance with the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. These criteria include demonstrating the ability to:

  • Determine information needs to start research
  • Effectively find information
  • Critically evaluate information for relevancy
  • Synthesize information
  • Ethically use information


A committee consisting of library and departmental faculty will determine the winner, who will be announced at the Student Research Day Award Ceremony. The prize is $100.

Past & Present Recipients

2018 - Shelby Hinrichs
Screening Speech, Language, and Reading Abilities of Home-schooled Children
Her Faculty Mentor is Dr. Whitney Schneider-Cline, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders.

2017 - Kathrin Roberts
The Use of Electropalatography and Traditional Articulation Therapy in Remediating Persistant Speech Sound Errors.
Advisor: Dr. Whitney Schneider-Cline, Department of Communication Disorders

2016 - Shelby Stultz
Developing Literature that Helps Improve Articulation of /r/ Sounds.
Advisor: Dr. Diane Loeb, Department of Communication Disorders

2015 - Shaun Friedrichsen
Accepting the Bitter Reality: an examination of the poetry of Stephen Crane.
Advisor: Dr. Christie Maloyed, English Department

2014 - Ru Meng
The Spatial Distribution of Earthquakes in China 1920 - 2013.
Advisor: Dr. Vijendra Boken, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences

2013 - Sangeeta Boken
Arranged versus Love Marriages: a comparison between the United States and India.
Advisor: Dr. Toni Hill, Department of Family Studies & Interior Design


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