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First Year Research & Writing Award

This Award honors excellence in research and writing of first year students at Keene State College.  First-year students are invited to submit papers that represent their best research and writing from any 100 level Integrative Studies Program course, including ITW. 

If you would like to submit your essay for this award, please let me know and I will give you the Application Cover Sheet, and I will work with you to submit the essay. The instructions are below. As you will see, the submission process includes a 750 – 1000 word essay in which the author reflects on and describes their research and writing process. This reflection could be readily derived from (or be a version of) your portfolio cover letter.

Information about the First Year Research & Writing Award

Papers may be on any topic but must include the use of information sources to support the author’s main ideas.  Papers must be a minimum of 2,500 words and include a bibliography or works cited page. In addition, submissions must include a 750 – 1000 word essay in which the author reflects on and describes their research and writing process. Submissions will also include a statement of support from a faculty member that directly addresses the quality of research and writing demonstrated in the paper.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of four faculty including two library faculty.  One first-place prize of $400 and two $50 honorable mentions will be awarded at the Opening Convocation in August 2019.

This award is generously funded by Credo Reference, a research database company that promotes knowledge building, problem solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives.  The three winning papers and reflective essays will be shared with Credo Reference so that they may evaluate them to better understand the research processes of first-year students who are effective.

In addition, the three winning papers and essays will be published and made available in the Keene State College digital archive, The KSC Commons