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Carper Research Award

Anna Carper Excellence in Library Research Award 2016-2017
In 2009, the High Library, in honor of its 20th anniversary, inaugurated the Anna Carper Excellence in Library Research Award. The purpose of the program is to reward excellent scholarship by students enrolled in the First-Year Seminar who make valuable use of the print and electronic collections of the High Library as well as other available information resources. In celebration, we will be awarding one grand prize of $500 and honorable mentions of $100 each. The Anna Carper Excellence in Library Research Award is supported by an endowment funded by the Carper Family and named after Anna M. Carper ‘41, Librarian of the College from 1960 to 1986.

The Library is an essential component of inquiry-based learning and of the First-Year Seminar. The Anna Carper Excellence in Library Research Award is intended to recognize that the library is a “laboratory for scholarship,” from the first year of college study onward. The award identifies those first-year students who have demonstrated exemplary integrative skills in using library resources.

Any student enrolled in a First-Year Seminar at Elizabethtown College is eligible to submit a research paper completed as part of the First-Year experience. Projects must be nominated by the professor responsible for the course.

Evaluation Criteria
Successful projects will demonstrate

  • facility in locating, selecting, organizing and synthesizing information
  • thoroughness in the research process
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • use of a broad range of research tools, as demonstrated by appropriate citations

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of two faculty members and one librarian.

Application Procedure
Faculty should submit nominations via email to by January 16, 2017. Please include the student’s name and email, title of the paper, and FYS section.

Nominees will be notified by library staff. Student’s application should consist of a clean (ungraded) copy of the paper, including bibliography. Papers should be double-spaced; there is no minimum or maximum length.

Please ensure that your paper is complete and submitted on time. Submissions will not be returned.

Nominees will receive more detailed instructions about submitting their paper in an email message sent to their College email account.

Calendar of important dates
Faculty nominations due: January 16, 2017
Nominees notified: January 20, 2017
Applications from nominees submitted: February 3, 2017
Recipients notified: March 17, 2017
Awards bestowed: April 25, 2017, during Scholarship and Creative Arts Day

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