Composition Research Award

Application Process

1. Fill out an application cover sheet.

2. Submit a brief, 500-word, reflective essay describing your use of both library and non-library tools and resources throughout the research process.

  • How did you find background information on your topic?
  • What library tools and resources, either print or online, did you use?
  • Did you use any non-library tools or resources? If yes, how did you find and select them?
  • Did you consult a librarian for research help?
  • What did you learn about the research process? How will you incorporate that new knowledge into completing future assignments?

3. Please apply on-line using the form below. Please note: You may revise your paper before submitting it. If you do choose to revise any part of the paper, please indicate that on the application cover sheet.

Eligibility

1. The student must be enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

2. The paper must have been written for a Composition 2 course at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg during the Spring 2013, Summer 2013, or Fall 2013 terms.

3. The paper must be at least 1500 words. (If the original falls short of this, you may submit a revised version of the paper.)

4. The paper submitted to the Library will become the property of the Library, like a book donation. The student will retain ownership of the intellectual content.

Criteria

Entries will be judged by a committee of both teaching and library faculty based on the following criteria:

1. A well-argued thesis statement supported by the appropriate use of a variety of sources.

2. The student’s ability to evaluate and select sources.

3.The student’s ability to effectively incorporate sources into their paper using summary, paraphrase, and quotation.

4.The student’s ability to cite sources in proper MLA format.

Under the criteria heading, we would like the following added:

5. Although this is not a writing award, entries should be well-written, clear, and error-free.

Deadlines

October 15, 2013 for Spring 2013 Comp 2 students and February 15, 2014 for Fall 2013 Comp 2 students

Apply Online