The R. Neil Scott Undergraduate Research Award is named for the late Professor and User Services Librarian who was the Walker Library’s primary research coach, helping students conceptualize and develop research projects. Rupert Neil Scott was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a BA in English from the University of South Florida, the MS in Library and Information Science from Florida State University, and the MBA from Stetson University.
Neil came to Walker Library in 2004 with an extensive background in administration and management. He was responsible for heading up the Library’s circulation operation and, later, provided individualized reference assistance to students. For over seven years, Neil was known to his colleagues at the Walker Library as a superb reference librarian, an effective supervisor, and a kind and gentle soul. A recognized Flannery O’Connor scholar and an active author, he was a generous mentor of younger faculty. Neil honored the research process and worked effectively with students to enhance their understanding and use of library resources in research projects.
Selected works by R. Neil Scott
R. Neil Scott. Many Were Held by the Sea: The Tragic Sinking of the H.M.S. Otranto. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
-- and Irwin H. Streight. Flannery O'Connor: The Contemporary Reviews. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
--. Flannery O'Connor: An Annotated Reference Guide to Criticism. Timberlane Books, 2002.
--. Postmarked Milledgeville: A Guide to Flannery O'Connor's Correspondence in Libraries and Archives. Georgia College & State University, 2002.
The Neil Scott Research Award
The Neil Scott Research Award recognizes one outstanding student’s documented research project in any undergraduate class. Projects must demonstrate thorough, effective, creative, and ethical uses of research materials.
Projects will be judged on the following criteria:
The monetary award of $566.00 will be given in memory of former User Services Librarian, R. Neil Scott, whose dedication to the research process impacted numerous students during his MTSU career.
Winners will be notified by April 29, 2020.