2018 Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Student Research Award

by Florence Tang — last modified 2017-10-20T15:36:28-04:00

The Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library is pleased to announce the 2018 Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Student Research Award. This award recognizes students who incorporate the use of Mercer University Library’s collections and services and demonstrate active critical thinking in both the research project and reflection paper.  Research conducted by currently enrolled individual students or by student teams is eligible.  Each student author will be considered an applicant.  Each candidate may only have one of their works submitted.

Requirements and Award Information

      • Discipline -- Research in all disciplines studied on the Atlanta campus or Regional Academic Centers is eligible for the Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Student Research Award.
      • Format -- Submissions must document use and application of library information resources in any format (online, print, archival, audio-visual, etc.). Research projects can be presented in any format (print, web-based, database, works of art, etc.).  Please provide a digital submission if possible. The text must be at least 90% English.
      • Time Frame -- Research must have been conducted no earlier than August 2017, while a student at Mercer University and using University Library's resources and services. All materials must be received by March 9, 2018, to be considered for the Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Research Award.  Projects previously submitted for this award are not eligible for resubmission.
      • Research Conference -- Winners will present their research at the 2018 Mercer Atlanta Research Conference tentatively to be held on April 7, 2018, at the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center.
      • Award -- The winner will receive a $250.00 monetary prize and a commemorative plaque, and the runner up will receive a $100 monetary prize and a certificate. Team awards will be divided among all members.

Photographs of the winners may be displayed on the University Library website.  Award-winning research will be featured on the Library’s website and will be housed in University Research, Scholarship, and Archives (URSA).  All application materials remain the property of Mercer University Library.

Some examples of eligible research projects that could integrate information resources from the University Library:

            • Research paper
            • Lab or clinical research investigation
            • Photography/Film/Video
            • Database development
            • Website
            • Product or prototype development

Award Criteria

Submissions will be judged based on the demonstration of the following:

      1. Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library resources including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, manuscripts or archival collections, web resources, and all media;
      2. Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any media that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future;
      3. Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future;
      4. Evidence of reflection on your own research process. This is a very important component of the entry because it calls upon you to think critically about the decisions you made as you created your research project. The self-reflection about research that you do here may enhance your thinking as you undertake future research projects as a student or a working professional. In 500-1,000 words, describe the processes you used in doing the research for your project. This description must be in essay format to be considered by the committee. Please do not use Q & A or bullet points.

    You are encouraged to address the following issues in your reflection.

            • How did you find your sources? (databases, bibliographies, Google, professors, friends?)
            • Why did you select the ones you used?  What criteria did you use?  What was it about these sources that made them appropriate?
            • Were there sources you identified but decided not to use?  If so, why not?
            • What, if any, difficulties did you encounter in doing your research?
            • What did you learn about research from doing the paper or project?
            • Please feel free to present any other information that you feel will add to your description of the research process.


    To be considered for the 2018 Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Student Research Award, submit the following materials by March 9, 2018:

    I.  The online application (including your reflection on the research process, your abstract, and your completed project).

    Submit online here. If you are unable to upload your completed project, please email it to:

    Florence Tang, chair, Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Student Research Award Committee: 

    II. A statement of support from a faculty member. You must submit a statement of support letter from a faculty member who supervises, oversees, or assigns research projects.

    Submit electronically here or email submissions to:

    Florence Tang, chair, Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Student Research Award Committee:

    III. A completed current W9 form for Mercer University. This is required to remit the cash award in the event that you are the winner.

    Find the form at: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf Please return the form to:

    Florence Tang, Chair, Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Student Research Award Committee
    Swilley Library
    3001 Mercer University Dr.
    Atlanta, GA 30341

    Please direct any questions about the Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library Student Research Award to Florence Tang:  678.547.6261