Library Prize for Undergraduate Research


The uOttawa Library offers this award to recognize outstanding undergraduate use of the Library’s collections, resources and services in the production of an exemplary research project.


The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research is open to undergraduate students of all faculties and programs who meet the criteria outlined below.

Students must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 7.5 (or 75% admission average for students transferring from another institution who do not have a University of Ottawa CGPA);
  • Be registered in an undergraduate program at the University of Ottawa (exchange students are not eligible);
  • Have never received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) scholarship; and
  • Have never completed a master’s degree or equivalent.

NOTE: The University of Ottawa is committed to equity in all its programs. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Application process

  1. Prepare your application package, which must include the following documents:
    • An essay of no more than three pages describing the library research process and search strategies you followed, the library services you used while conducting the research, how you used the resources (of any format) in preparing for and completing your research project and what the you learned from the library research process, including successes and challenges you faced (1.5 line spacing, 12 point font); and
    • A bibliography of sources used while conducting the research project (bibliography is not included in the page limit).
  2. Combine your complete application package into one PDF file and send it by email to 

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be assessed by an evaluation committee based on:

  • Demonstration of student’s ability to discover, select, evaluate relevance and synthesize information;
  • Demonstration that student has developed an understanding of the research and inquiry processes; and
  • Demonstration of student’s originality of thought, mastery of content, clear writing skills and correct citation of sources.

The evaluation committee comprises a uOttawa librarian, a faculty member and a representative from the Office of the Vice-President, Research.


Currently under review.

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