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Research Process & Scholarly Growth Essay

This essay is an important component of your application, and will be given close scrutiny by the Award Committee. 

In an essay of 750 – 1000 words, reflect on your research process.  Describe the strategies you used to find the scholarly research that facilitated the development of your paper/project.   You should also describe how your paper/project is an important contribution to knowledge in your subject area.  Submit the essay as an attachment to your online application.

Here are some questions that may guide you:

  • What was your preliminary topic and did you refine it in light of the information you discovered? 

  • What library services and resources did you use?  What strategies did you employ to make effective use of these resources?

  • What decisions did you make in the course of your research regarding avenues of inquiry to pursue or not to pursue?

  • How does your research project show evidence of independent inquiry or creativity in your use of information?

  • How did you grow as a scholar as a result of your involvement this project?



Created by jenkins on Nov 4, 2013 Last updated May 31, 2016
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