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Library Research Award

What is the Library Research Award?

The Library Research Award from the Madison College Libraries will be given annually to a current Madison College Student for an exemplary research paper or project. The winner will receive $250 and an award plaque. See eligibility requirements below.

Prize Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for the Library Research Award:

  • The student must be registered in a credit class during the fall semester 
  • The student's entry must have been created in the fall semester they are enrolled
  • Only one entry per student
  • Entries must be submitted as an email attachment by December 21st, 2023 to 
  • The body of the entry email should include the name of the class and instructor, as well as a brief paragraph reflecting on the student's library research experience
  • Submission attachments can be in the form of a Word document or PowerPoint presentation. Other formats may be accepted with library permission.
  • At least eight research sources must be included, of which at least five need to come from the library's catalog or subscription databases
  • A citation page (Works Cited or References) of all sources used must be included


  • Will be done by a panel of library staff and select Madison College instructors
  • Will be done with a standard rubric grading the reflective paragraph, the body of the research project, and the sources used

By submitting a paper or project for consideration:

  • Entrants acknowledge the entry was produced following Madison College Academic Integrity Policies at 
  • Entrants must agree to have their submissions, if a winner, published on the Madison College Libraries website, and through Madison College social media and other promotional efforts

Library Research Award Winners

2023-2024 Library Research Award Winner

Benjamin Brehm

Aquifers Half Full: Confronting the Groundwater Depletion Issue in the United States

"In doing research for my English 2 APA paper, it was suggested by Professor Kevin Piper to utilize the Madison College Library Databases. This was quite helpful for my research. By utilizing Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) on the Madison College Library website, I was able to access two research articles directly. I was also able to request access to three additional research articles through interlibrary loan. These requests were processed quickly. I received access with ample time to utilize them, with one being available days before the date requested. These five research articles were essential in crafting my paper. I was also able to utilize the computers available at the physical Madison College Library space at Truax for paper revisions."  

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