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Library Awards for Research Excellence

Library Awards for Research Excellence

The Mount Royal Library Awards for Research Excellence recognize students producing outstanding scholarly projects such as essays/papers, film projects, poster presentations, web or technology-based projects, or creative works that demonstrate research skills and the effective use of information resources. 

The awards are meant to recognize not only the final project, but also the research process and the learning accomplished through that process. 

Submissions must include a reflective essay which describes the research process. Submissions must also include a bibliography and an instructor support letter. The committee will not consider submissions that are missing these components.

Award Deadline

Deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2020

Award Categories

Senior Award - $1000

For projects created in 4000-level or higher courses, independent studies, capstone or honours thesis work, this category recognizes projects which are larger in scope, represent a higher level of independence and a greater depth of research.

Junior Award - $1000

For projects created in 1000-level to 3000-level courses, this category recognizes outstanding student work at a level that is smaller in scope and depth of research.


Group Award - $1500

For projects created at any course level, this category recognizes outstanding student work completed by 2 or more students.The award will divided equally among group members.



To be eligible for the Mount Royal Library Awards for Research Excellence, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • The project must have a research component and a bibliography to qualify. Please submit the same assignment submitted to your instructor (not the graded version). The Instructor Support Form and Reflective Essay may be submitted separately by the deadline (see top of page for submission deadline).
  • You must have completed the research project between the Winter semesters of the previous and current calendar year. (Example: Between Winter 2019 and Winter 2020 semesters). Each project may only be submitted once, in one category.
  • You must be currently enrolled as a credit student at Mount Royal University or have graduated in the Fall semester of the previous year.
  • You must agree to allow Mount Royal University and the Library to use your picture, project and application materials to promote the Award and the Library.

Questions about eligibility should be addressed to Carina Papazian at 403.440.6137 or via email at



Committee Composition: 

An interdisciplinary committee comprised of five faculty members (including two Librarians) will select winners from each category for individual awards (Junior or Senior) and a Group Award.

(Mount Royal University acknowledges the assistance of Giovale Library at Westminster College in developing the award process and documents.)