Award for Library Research in the Sciences

The Library Research Award is sponsored by the Dartmouth College Library and the Friends of the Dartmouth College Library. The competition is open to all students who present a poster at the annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium.

About the Award

Submissions will be judged prior to the symposium by a panel of Dartmouth College librarians.  We want to recognize your development as a researcher and hear in your own words about your research process.  The panel's evaluations are based on a brief essay, a bibliography, and the effectiveness of the student's submission.  The winners of the competition will be announced at the symposium, and will receive a certificate in honor of their achievement.  The winners will also receive a $350 or $150 award.

Interviews with past award winners



Students majoring in science (including neuroscience), math, and engineering who present posters on their research at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium.


Students who are interested in participating in the competition must indicate their interest on the online poster registration form.


Submissions are due on May 19th.

Your submission should include

  • A 500-750 word essay describing your research strategy, sources used, how your research skills developed, and how your research contributed to the quality of your poster/project
  • A bibliography or other appropriate listing of sources consulted


Submissions should be emailed to in a single PDF file and should include "Library Research Award" in the subject line.

Winners will be announced this year at the live-streamed Karen E. Wetterhahn Symposium Keynote and Awards Program, Thursday, May 27, 5-6 pm.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources (including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, collections, web resources, and all media) and to use them in the creation of a project
  • Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future

Some possible questions to consider when writing your essay might include:

  • What did you learn about the process of doing research during the course of your work?
  • What did you learn about finding and evaluating sources?
  • What discoveries did you make through carefully planned research, and what through serendipity?
  • How will what you learned researching this project inform your future research work?