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LAURE: Library Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence: Overview

LAURE Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence

Sponsored by the Miami University Libraries and the Student Library Advisory Committee


The Miami University Libraries provide many resources to support undergraduate research. The Miami University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence is an annual award dedicated to celebrating the research conducted by undergraduates using library resources, and to helping student researchers at Miami become aware of the library services and resources that can enhance their research projects.


All undergraduate students enrolled at Miami University are eligible.

Award Categories & Prizes

  • First Prize: $950
  • Second Prize: $300

How to Apply

To apply for the LAURE award, you will need to submit four things:

One double spaced 750-1000 word essay describing your research process and how you used library resources and expertise throughout that process. As part of your reflection consider your experiences with information literacy instruction, criteria you used to evaluate resources, consultations you had with librarians about refining topics or search strategies, your selection of certain tools and platforms for doing an analysis or sharing your results. Library resources could include databases, subject guides, print resources, library spaces, special software or other technology. You should also describe what you learned about the research process and how you responded to the inevitable challenges along the way.

You will also need to submit a copy of the research study, project or paper you conducted, a bibliography of sources cited, and the name and contact information for the faculty or staff member who sponsoring your application for this award.

Submissions are accepted beginning on February 15, and are due on March 15, 2020.


Have questions about the application process or appropriate projects? Problems writing the essay or with submitting files? Please reach out to us at:


  1. Read all the instruction on this website
  2. Talk with your research advisor or sponsor
  3. Look at the example essays
  4. Write your essay following these instructions
  5. Gather your files
  6. Submit your application

Important Dates

February 15 - Submissions start

March 15 - Last day to submit

Mid-April - Winners notified

April - Awards presented at the Undergraduate Research Forum luncheon