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Library Awards & Grants

About R. Neil Scott

neilscottThe 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.


Rules and Criteria

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. 

Quick Facts:

  1. Undergraduate submissions done by a single individual from any department on campus – any subject, any format (i.e. essay, research paper, research proposal, research poster)
  2. All submissions will include a brief summary paragraph demonstrating an understanding of the Library’s role in their research process (approximately 100-250 words)
  3. Completed during any part of your undergraduate career at MTSU
  4. One award available for $566.00
  5. Deadline for submissions is April 2, 2020

Projects will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality, sophistication, and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of research materials, including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, primary resources, or materials in all media.
  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize research materials.
  • Effective use of research in supporting the thesis of the project.
  • Ethical use of all research materials, including, but not limited to, complete and appropriately formatted citations to all sources used.

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. 

Application Checklist:

  1. Application
  2. Library Summary Paragraph
  3. Research Project (attached to application) 

Questions about the award may be directed to or by calling 615-898-5144.