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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: $1000
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Honorable Mention: $100

How to Apply

To apply for the 2019 LAURE award, you will need to submit four things: a 750-1000 word essay describing how you used the library throughout the process of your research (library resources could include databases, guides, consultations with librarians, print resources, library spaces, etc.). You should also describe what you learned about the research process, and how you responded to challenges along the way.

You will also need to submit a copy of the research study or paper you conducted, a bibliography of sources cited in your study, and a completed sponsor form providing 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, 2019.

For complete information about submission requirements, click here.


Have questions about the application process or appropriate projects? Problems writing the essay or with submitting files? Come talk to members of the committee in the lobby of King Library on the following dates:

LAURE Drop-in Clinics:

February 21, 2019 3:30-4:30 PM

March 5, 2019 12:00-1:00 PM


If you cannot make these sessions, or if you have other questions about the LAURE award, contact the LAURE committee at:


Important Dates

February 15 2019 - Submissions start

March 20 2019 - Last day to submit

Mid-April 2019 - Winners notified

April 24 2019 - Awards presented at the Undergraduate Research Forum luncheon