Research Awards

Coates Library
Research Thing Prize

Deadline for Submissions: February 3, 2020

We do research every day. Sometimes it’s formal research, for a class or an academic project. Sometimes it’s personal and relates to our non-scholarly interests and pastimes. The results of our research can take many forms and result in the creation of many types of things. The Coates Library “Research Thing” Prize recognizes the thought and energy required by many different types of research projects:

Deadline: February 3, 2020

Awards: Two $500 awards and t-shirts for all participants

Types of Submissions: posters, artwork, fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, grant proposals, literature reviews, short films, portfolios, and of course, academic papers/essays…if you had to do research to make it, you should submit your work!

Submission Process: submit the work (or an image of the work if appropriate) along with the application form, a bibliography of sources cited or consulted, and a short essay (500-700 words suggested length) that offers a research narrative for your submission to

Evaluation: The “Research Thing” Prize Committee will evaluate submissions based on (1) the effective and information-literate uses of research in the creation of the “thing”; (2) the accuracy of the Works Cited/Consulted; and (3) the attention to the research process presented in the research narrative.

Other: Current Trinity students are eligible to apply. Awards will be split equally in cases where a winning entry is created by multiple researchers. Submissions will not be returned. Submissions may be archived on the library website and the university’s Digital Commons and may be used for assessment and promotion.

Research Thing: FAQ

When must the research and work be completed on my research thing?

Research and work on the “thing” should be completed during the calendar year prior to the deadline. For example, submissions for the January deadline should be completed between January and December of the previous year.


When will awards be announced?

Awards will be announced by or before the first week of March.


Should the bibliography be completed using a particular citation style?

No. However, the bibliography should follow a specific style and be consistent and correct. The accuracy of the bibliography is an important part of the selection process. If you are creating the bibliography solely for this submission, a common style (MLA, Chicago, APA) would be ideal.


What are you looking for in the reflection?

The committee will focus on the creator’s research process and the ways that research sources were necessary/useful in the creation of the “thing.”


I am a library student employee. Are there any conflict of interest issues involved if I submit my work?

No. Selections will be viewed without identifying information. Information on any documentation related to the submission that could reveal the identity of creator to the selection committee will be hidden.


Are there any special rules for a “thing” completed by one or more people as part of a team project?

All members of the team must submit an application form.  In addition, the contributions and thoughts of each member should be included in the reflection. While individual reflections are not required by each member of the team, they will be accepted as part of the application package.


How will the selection committee compare an essay involving research and a poster involving research? Aren’t these very different “things”…?

The selection committee will focus on the bibliography and the reflection in making decisions regarding awards. The “thing” is obviously also important, but the research effort involved in its creation is the primary consideration of the committee.


Can I submit multiple “things” for consideration or am I restricted to only one entry?

You are welcome to submit multiple “things,” as long as the research represented in your submissions was begun and finished during the previous calendar year.


Do I still have the copyright to my work after submitting it for consideration?

Yes. As part of the application process, the library requests permission to use your work, images of your work, and materials completed as part of the application for the library’s website or for display in the library (where applicable).


Who do I contact if I have more questions about a submission or the submission process?

Contact Benjamin Harris (Professor, Head of Instruction Services) at