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Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence


The Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE) recognizes students who demonstrate high-quality academic work and excellent library research skills.

Congratulations on your research project!
Now you have a chance to explain and win an award
based on your research experience with the
Research Process & Scholarly Growth Essay (750-2000 words).

LAURE winners will receive a monetary award of $1,500. Project submissions can include:

  • Single term papers and projects from a 200 level or above course
  • Theses or multi-term papers and projects
  • Group paper or project

Note: Group project submissions will need to identify one corresponding author to submit the application and receive monetary award, if selected. 

  • Applications are reviewed once a year by the Awards Committee composed of UO librarians and faculty. Currently enrolled students receive awards as scholarships; recent graduates receive a cash award.
  • For consideration for this award cycle, all entries must be submitted prior to your graduation date and by June 15, 2023.
  • Submitted works must be completed during Summer term 2022 through Spring term 2023.
  • Students can submit one individual and one group submission per year.


  • Must be a currently enrolled University of Oregon undergraduate at the time of application submission.
  • Single-term projects must be completed for a 200 level or above UO credit course.
  • Theses and multi-term projects must be completed prior to submission and be connected to the UO curriculum.
  • Work must have been completed in the academic year prior to June 15, 2023 (including Summer 2022).
  • Include a written recommendation from the course instructor, project or thesis advisor.
  • Include a 100-150 word abstract.
  • Group papers or projects are limited to one submission by a point person for the group.
  • Student work only; no co-authored works with faculty.

Required Uploads

Upload each of the following required documents with your award application. Accepted file formats include PDF and DOCX.

  • Research Process & Scholarly Growth Essay (750-2000 words) 
    • Include Bibliography or References appended to the essay (Note: The Bibliography and required abstract do not count towards the 2000 word count).
  • Instructor/Advisor Recommendation 
  • Final research paper or project (reviewed but not scored)


Copyright Information

  • Authors retain the copyright to their work.
  • Winning papers are deposited in the UO digital archive, Scholars' Bank
  • See Scholars' Bank copyright policy for more information.