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What is the Waidner-Spahr Library Prize for Excellence in First Year Research?

The Waidner-Spahr Library Prize for Excellence in First Year Research

The staff of the Waidner-Spahr Library is proud to announce the creation of The Waidner-Spahr Library Prize for Excellence in First Year Research, designed to recognize and reward first-year students who produce exceptional research projects.

The prize will be awarded each spring to 1 or 2 first-year students who create an outstanding research project for any class, in any discipline during their first semester on campus. The winning student will receive $100 and a certificate. In addition, the prize will be noted on the winners’ transcripts.

The awards committee will consider projects that effectively use properly cited, independently-selected research material to examine an engaging question. All submissions will be assessed against the awards rubric. Eligible research projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Research papers of any length
  • Multimedia projects
  • Lab reports
  • Posters
  • Field research studies

For consideration, students may submit their own work or have their work nominated by a professor or peer. Projects must be submitted using the form to the right by January 6, 2020.

The winning student will be asked to briefly discuss their work at an award ceremony in February 2020.


The Waidner-Spahr Library Prize for Excellence in First Year Research was created in 2018 when the library won Credo Reference’s First Year Experience Library Innovation Award.  This prize was funded by Credo Reference, Case Western Reserve University, and the Friends of the Library fund of Dickinson College.

*This prize is distinct from the Writing Center’s FYS writing awards. 

If you have any questions about the submission form or the award itself, please email Chris Bombaro at bombaroc@dickinson.edu.

Research Project Submission