Honors Library Research Award

The Honors Library Research Award recognizes Honors students who conduct outstanding research in an Honors course. The Library and the Office of the Dean in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer the award annually to undergraduate students at the end of the academic year.

  • Submission Guidelines and Requirements
    • Research must be completed in an Honors course during either the fall or spring semester of the current academic year.
    • Traditional research papers will be accepted, but students may submit ANY creative or scholarly work conceived and developed through research.
    • The submitted work must include an annotated bibliography of all sources used in the research using the style standard required in the course (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.). You can find a guide to writing annotated bibliographies at Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL).  More tips on citing and annotating are available at this Columbia College Library Research Guide.
    • Organization, clarity of thought, and overall quality of work will be evaluated.
    • Quality of resources used will be considered, including any or all of the following: books or portions of books; scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles; popular periodical articles; Web sites; archives and special collections; and other resources, including liner notes, interviews, field notes, digital collections, etc. In particular, the Award Committee will look for evidence of use of resources drawn from the Columbia College Chicago Library. If you would like advice from a librarian about your research, you an sign up for an in-depth Research Consultation to take your research to the next level. You can also use the chat, email and phone service from the Library Reference Desk. 
    • Collaborative research projects are acceptable, but no more than four authors/creators can be credited on each entry.
  • Deadline and Prizes
    The deadline to submit your entry is the last Friday of the academic year at midnight. For the 2018-19 Academic Year, this will be Friday, May 10.

    The Award Committee will endeavor to identify two deserving recipients from each year’s entries, but is not obligated to grant any award. Two cash awards of $250 are possible. For collaborative entries, the monetary award will be divided equally among the authors/creators of the work.

    Winners will be notified by email before the end of June. The winning work(s) will be publicized, and the research document(s) housed in the College Archives, with appropriate attribution to the author(s).
  • How to Submit Your Entry
    Submit the following electronically to honors@colum.edu:

    • A copy of the assignment by attachment or an active web link for audio, video, or performance works.
    • An annotated bibliography of all sources used in the research using the style standard required in the course (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.) – either with the assignment or as a separate document.
    • A copy of the original instructions for the assignment.

    Please be sure that all document-type files are in either MS-Word or .pdf format with the student name in the filename. In the paper, include your name(s), full contact information, the name of the course, and the name of the instructor for whom the assignment was completed.

  • Past Winners

    Fall 2016/Spring 2017
    First Place: Mariel Tishma (Fiction) for "Textspeak Speaking," Her paper, written for Dr. Pegeen Reichert Powell's Writing and Rhetoric II: Honors class, examines the intersections between "textpseaking" language and the rules of written and spoken English using a texted versus "normal language" dialogue. 

    Second Place: Joshua Corson (Poetry) for "It Matters What You Call a Thing: How Illustration During the Indian Mutiny Shaped the Visual Culture of Victorian England," written for Dr. Kenneth Daley's Victorian Illustrated Poetry: Honors class. The paper elucidates the origins of image, text, and ideology as a visual culture of fear and racism in white, middle-class England.
    Fall 2015/Spring 2016

First Place: Sarah Lemcke (Early Childhood Education, '17). Her paper, “The Nurturance of Offspring and Paid Parental Leave: A Policy Proposal for the United States of America” written for Dr. Rojhat Avsar's Honors Course "Ethics and Economics: Controversial Policy Issues of Our Time" proposed a national paid parental leave policy to reduce the infant mortality rate and child poverty level and thereby satisfy the currently unmet “nurturance of offspring” need in the United States.
    Fall 2013/Spring 2014

    First Place: Emma-Claire LaSaine (Fiction '17). Her paper, “Angel or Poet: Education, Marriage, and the Woman Question in Victorian Poetry,” written for Dr. Kenneth Daley's Honors course "Victorian Illustrated Poetry," examines the Domestic Angel in Victorian-era poetry. 

    Second Place: Trevor McCulloch (Cinema Art + Science '15). His paper, “Blurred Lines: Socially Engaged Art and Performative Spectatorship,” written for Amy Mooney's Honors course "The Art of Civic Engagement," examines participatory art shows and how they can be both confrontational and inclusive.

Fall 2012/Spring 2013

    First Place: Emily Graves (Film & Video '15). Her paper, “Symbolism in Sunnydale: the Complex Characters and Monstrous Metaphors of Buffy the Vampire Slayer," written for Annette Dolph's Honors course "Writing and Rhetoric II," analyzed the themes and character archetypes at work in the popular television series.

    Second Place: Brianna Baurichter (Fine Arts, '13). Her paper, “Paris/New York: 20th Century Shifts,” written for Dr. Dominic Pacyga's Honors course "History of the American City" defines the role of art, architecture, and design in New York's rise to prominence. 

Fall 2011/Spring 2012

First Place: Scarlet Sheppard (Theatre ’14). Her paper, “The Actor’s Emotional Mind,” written for Dr. Rami Gabriel’s Honors course “Emotions,” explored Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Method through the lens of Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Management and made connections between the science of psychology and the creative process of acting.

    Second Place: Steven Haas (Television ’12). His paper, “Fairness and Justice in the Affordable Care Act,” written for Dr. Rojat Avsar’s Honors course “Economic Policies, Morality, and Ideology,” analyzed the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) through varied (and sometimes conflicting) schools of ethical thought.

    Fall 2010/Spring 2011

    First Place: Zachary Berinstein (Music ’12). His paper, “Music and Participation: Contemporary Modes of Musical Engagement,” addressed the various ways we engage in music, how this engagement changes over time, and how musical communities are formed.

    Second Place: Sarah Kaddatz (Audio Arts and Acoustics ’13). Her paper, "Julius Moessel and The Story of Food Plants,” written for Dr. Erin McCarthy’s Honors course “The Great Depression,” explored the work of artist Julius Moessel, with a particular focus on a mural he created for the Field Museum in Chicago.