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Library Awards & Grants

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 in late April. 

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.