MOHL Research Award

The MOHL Research Award, sponsored by the Hatfield Library, is awarded for an excellent paper in any subject that demonstrates outstanding research using library and information resources. Up to two $500 cash prizes may be awarded. Any student paper written in the sophomore or junior year as part of regular class work is eligible to be considered for this award. The paper needs to have been written in the current academic year, that is, fall 2019/spring 2020.

Note: papers done as a senior project in the junior year are excluded and group projects are not eligible.

Criteria for Assessment:

  • Paper is well written and well cited in a style appropriate for the subject discipline.
  • Paper exhibits use of numerous, diverse, and relevant sources of information pertaining to the topic, including resources available through the MOHL.
  • Paper shows a skillful synthesis of sources and thoroughness in the research process.
  • Paper displays high quality of scholarship in relation to the assigned goals for the project.

Student Guidelines:

  • Paper should be 7 pages (double spaced) or more in length, with pages numbered, excluding covers and appendices.
  • Please submit the paper in Word in 12 point font.
  • Please also submit a separate, one page description of the research process, e.g. what strategy was used to search for information; why some avenues of library-type research were pursued and others discarded, etc. Students should submit the paper and the description of the research process electronically to Charity Braceros-Simon,
  • Award Amount: up to two awards of $500 each are available.
  • Deadline: all paperwork must be in by the last day of finals, May 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Faculty Support:

The faculty mentor who worked with the student during the production of the paper is asked to submit a separate statement that includes:

  • Name of student author:
  • Title of research paper:
  • Name of faculty mentor:
  • Course #/Title:

Also, please verify that the paper:

  1. was done as part of regular course work in the sophomore or junior year
  2. is done in a style appropriate for the subject discipline
  3. is well cited, in line with disciplinary requirements
  4. uses numerous and diverse sources of information including scholarly materials

As well, please comment on the value and quality of the paper in relation to the assignment. Please include a copy of the assignment.

Faculty should submit the statement by e-mail to Charity Braceros-Simon,

Previous Winners of the Research Award:






  • No winners selected this time period.







  • Lauren Kaijiura: The Effects of 17-ß Estradiol on Regeneration Rates and Neoblast Proliferation in the Planarian Dugesia dorotocephala
  • Amanda Strauss: She was always a Weakly Woman: an analysis of gender and insanity in 19th Century America


  • Travis Harris: Wave-Particle Duality of Bucky Balls
  • Jacqueline Grace: Age dependant lateralized prey delivery and chick rearing of Caspian Terns