Research Prize

The Helena College Library Research Prize was created to reward students who take the time to develop a thoughtful, methodical, and scholarly approach to the research needed for their papers and projects, and to encourage students to develop the information literacy skills needed for lifelong research.

This prize is meant to recognize overall student achievement in all steps of the research process.

A first prize and second prize will be awarded each spring and fall semester for the previous semester’s work. Summer submissions will be included with fall and awarded in spring.

First prize will be a $75 gift card and second prize will be a $50 gift card.

Winners will be notified the first week of the following spring or fall semester and the Library Research Party will be held the second week of the semester. Winners will be honored guests at this event and prizes will be awarded at this time.

Requirements and Guidelines

  • It is expected that primarily library print collection or electronic databases will be used and that all cited sources will be credible.
  • The competition is limited to enrolled Helena College students.
  • Submissions may include class papers, videos, speeches, web pages or other projects with a research component.
  • Entries must have been created for a Helena College class in the current semester, must include a copy of the assignment, and must have received a grade of “A-“ or better.
  • A citation page (works cited, references, or bibliography) of all sources used must be included with all submissions.
  • Minor changes to the graded research assignment are permitted before submission.
  • All submission forms must be made from the student's Helena College email address according to the submission process below.
  • Only one project per semester can be considered. If you have already submitted, but would like to change your submission, contact before the deadline.
  • Only one prize will be given per paper or project.
  • Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. (See deadlines below)
  • Winning submissions may be posted on the Library's website, social media pages, or other promotional materials.

Selection Committee

Helena College librarians will judge the submissions and guest librarians from University of Montana affiliate institutions will be invited to participate.

Submission Process

  • Submit by email to .
  • The submission, in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf or .ppt format, must include:
    • As attachments:
      • a copy of the assignment instructions and/or rubric
      • the completed research assignment
    • In the body of the email:
      • your name and phone number
      • class and instructor name
  • To submit projects or other supplemental material required by your instructor for the assignment, Ask a Librarian.
  • The deadlines for submission are:
  • Summer 2021: Friday, August 6, 2021, awarded with Spring 2021 in Fall 2021
  • Fall 2021: Wednesday December 22, 2021, prizes awarded Spring 2022
  • Spring 2022: Tuesday May 10, 2022, prizes awarded Fall 2022


Congratulations to the winners of the Library Research Prize!

Spring 2021 Winners

1st Prize - David Poelman, LIT 234, (Lewis), From Sisyphus to Samsa
2nd Prize - Jadyn Peterson, WRIT 101 (Henderson), The Importance of Music in Difficult Times
3rd Prize - Austin Stewart, WRIT 201, (Lewis), Men Suffer More

Fall 2020 Winners

1st Place - Corey Wagner, WRIT 101 (Henderson), Technology: Deepfakes
2nd Place – Amanda Bakkestuen, NRSG 234 (Rapaport), Cultural Care of Ashkenazi Jews

Spring 2020 Winners

1st Place - CotyLynn Dunwell, BIOB 170 (Henry), Brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area
2nd Place - Ann Nagel, WRIT 101 (Henderson), Virtual Victory

Fall 2019 Winners

1st Place - Mishwa Bhavsar, WRIT 101 (Henderson), Downsides of Virtual Communication Sites
2nd Place - Gabby Clark, WRIT 101 (Lewis), English-Only Movement
3rd Place - Ann Olson, LEG 121 (Micu), Statewide Analysis of Advance Directives Utilization

Spring 2019 Winners

1st Place - Zach Antonick, BIOH 211 (Bergner), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease)   Watch Zach's presentation
2nd Place - Caitlin L. Jenner, PSYX 120 (Munn), Human Altruism Towards Diverse Individuals

Fall 2018 Winners

1st Place - Lauren Kuntz, NRSG 220 (Gibson), Havasupai Tribe, Genetic Research, Informed Consent, and Cultural Sensitivity 
2nd Place - Lynette Davis, WRIT 101 (Reeves),  The Effects of Positivity on Health 
3rd Place - Jennifer Tarner, BIOB 272 (Henry),  Influenza Virus

Spring 2018 Winners

1st Place - Addyson Knox, BIOM 250/251 (Sawatzki),  Transformation of the methicillin resistance gene (mecA) from methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) into Escherichia coli
2nd Place – Katie Manion, BIOH 221 (Bergner), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): An Autoimmune Disease 
3rd Place – Regan Clancy, WRIT 201 (Lewis),  Cultural Myths of Gender

Fall 2017 Winners

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