Research Process & Scholarly Growth Essay

This essay is an important component of your application, and will be given close attention by the Award Committee.  The essay should be written specifically for this award application and needs to address both on your research information discovery process as well as your intellectual growth.

In a essay of 750 – 1000 words, reflect on your research process and sources.  Describe the strategies you used to find the scholarly research for your paper/project.  Identify how library resources and services facilitated your research.  Also address how this paper/project contributed to your scholarly growth and to your subject area.  Submit the essay as an attachment to your online application.

Below are some questions that may guide you:

  • How did you refine your topic in light of the information you discovered? 

  • How did specific library services and resources contribute to your research?  Were certain sources particularly important?

  • 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?