The Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award for excellence in library research is given annually. All undergraduate students are eligible, based on a research project completed during the preceding calendar year.
Members of the faculty, in reading and grading undergraduate research papers, choose papers for nomination. Nominated papers should demonstrate depth and breadth in the use of library research materials and clear evidence of thoughtful command of these resources. Faculty members should notify students of their intent to nominate papers.
To be eligible, students must be registered for the semester in which the award is presented. Any papers from the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters (calendar year) are eligible for the award, which will be presented at the following spring's Honors Convocation. Submissions should include the student's name, class for which the paper was submitted, and faculty member's name and contact information.
Submissions are accepted in electronic form only.
To submit an electronic copy, attach the paper as a Word document or pdf and send to firstname.lastname@example.org , with 'undergraduate research award submission' in the subject line. Papers will be accepted for consideration if received before February 1. The award committee, consisting of SMU faculty members and a librarian, will meet to review submissions and determine the winning paper.
The winning student will receive a $500 cash prize. The winning paper will be placed in the SMU Archives in DeGolyer Special Collections Library, and electronic copies of previous winning papers will be available via this webpage.