Initiated in the Fall of 2020, the UIC Library English 161 Student Research Awards recognize excellence in student research that demonstrates best practices in finding, evaluating, and synthesizing sources to develop creative and impactful work. The award also calls upon students to describe their research trajectory, reflecting on their process, discoveries, and learning experience.
Three students are selected for the awards each semester. Monetary prizes are awarded as follows:
First place - $500
Second place - $400
Third place - $300
English 161 instructors help us determine excellent research papers by nominating students from their classes. Being nominated is itself a great accomplishment! Students are also welcome to participate by nominating themselves.
Research papers and process essays are then read by UIC librarians and judged using a rubric based on the Association of American Colleges and Universities Value Rubric for Information Literacy.