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Research Prize


The DiMenna-Nyselius Library Prizes are awarded for excellence in undergraduate and graduate research projects which demonstrate:

  • Extensive use of library services, resources, collections, and
  • Significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information-gathering process

There are two $1,000 prizes, one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students.


Individual or Team Applicants must:

  • Be Fairfield University undergraduate or graduate students
  • Complete project for a credit course at Fairfield University during Summer 2017Fall 2017, or Spring 2018 semester*
  • Agree to contribute to a display about their research mounted by library staff for public exhibition (in library and online), including the sharing of their application essay
  • For team projects, all members must contribute towards application. If a team project wins, award will be split equally among members

 *A draft version of the project is acceptable if final version is not completed by application deadline.

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Deadline: April 2019
Winner Notified: April 2019
Reception: May 1, 2019


2018 Winners



Application must include the following:

  • Completed online application
  • 500-700 word essay describing your research strategies and use of library tools and resources.
  • A draft or final version of the research project, submitted electronically.*
  • A letter of faculty support (request automatically sent to faculty via online application).
  • bibliography or other appropriate listing of sources consulted. When preparing your bibliography keep in mind these two points:

    1. Use bibliography format and conventions appropriate to the discipline (citation style tips)2. Cite all sources you used, even if you did not directly quote from them or cite them. Note: The bibliography may differ from your Works Cited or References List since it will include not only your quoted and cited sources, but also your background reading material.

*Written projects should be approximately 7-30 pages.
*Media projects: submit a printout of the first "page" of the project and any other necessary "pages", along with the project in its media format, or the URL of the web project.



Submissions will be judged based on how well they demonstrate the following:

  • Sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections, including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media
  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and effectively use library resources in the creation of a project in any media that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future
  • Evidence of significant personal learning in the methods of research and the information gathering process, and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

A panel composed of Fairfield University faculty, librarians and other educators will judge entries on the evidence of the applicant's research strategy, process, and personal learning, which will be summarized in the research essay. Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline. Separate judging will occur in the undergraduate and graduate categories.


Thank you to Fairfield University's School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, Dolan School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering for their financial support of the prizes, in addition to the Library's financial commitment.

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library thanks the University of California at Berkeley Library for their guidance in the development of our Library Research Prize for Undergraduates.


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