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Student Research Paper Award

Clarke Historical Library's Student Research Paper Award


The Clarke Historical Library will award $200 to a current CMU student who uses the Clarke Library's collections to write an outstanding research paper.  The winner and three honorees will be recognized at a reception in the spring, and their papers will be put up on the Clarke website (assuming FERPA permissions are granted).

Papers eligible for submission must have been written in academic year 2016-2017 or during the Fall 2017 semester.

A minimum of 50 percent of the research paper must be based on material found in the Clarke.  The papers will be judged by an award committee made up of the Director of the Clarke Frank Boles, Reference Librarian John Fierst, and one other faculty member from a department outside the library.  Papers will be judged on the resources used, the quality and clarity of the writing, and the creative thought and analysis shown in the paper.

Submissions are not to exceed thirty-five pages and in style should follow either The Chicago Manual of Style or the style specified by the course instructor.  All submissions need to include an application form.  That form, which can be picked up at the Clarke Library's reference desk or downloaded from the Clarke website, will include: information about the author, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 100 words or less.  It may also include an appended faculty letter of support (though this is not required).

The submission deadline is January 31, 2018, and the winner will be announced on March 1, 2018. The date of the reception will be announced.