Library 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 from the Helena College Bookstore 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 library@umhelena.edu 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

  • Complete the Library Prize Submission Form.
  • The submission, in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf or .ppt format,  must include:
    • a copy of the assignment instructions and/or rubric
    • the completed research assignment
  • To submit projects or other supplemental material required by your instructor for the assignment, contact the library at library@umhelena.edu .
  • The deadlines for submission are:
    • Wednesday, May 18, 2016 for spring semester 2016 – prizes awarded fall semester 2016
    • Thursday, August 18, 2016 for summer semester 2016 – prizes awarded spring semester 2017
    • Tuesday, December 27, 2016 for fall semester 2016 – prizes awarded spring semester 2017

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Spring 2016 Winners

Congratulations the winners of the Spring 2016 Library Research Prize!

1st Place – Ivalon Wells, World Literature Paper – read Ivalon's paper

2nd Place – Lois Steinbeck, Characteristics of Montana Suicide Victims – read Lois’s paper

3rd Place – Tiffany Sturdevant, The Microbiology of Urinary Tract Infections – read Tiffany’s paper


Fall 2015 Winners

Congratulations the winners of the Fall 2015 Library Research Prize!

1st Place – Thomas Bisom, Climate Change in Montana: Its Evidence, Debate, and Solutions – Read Thomas’ paper here.

2nd Place – Ryan Cain, Antimicrobial Resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae: Mechanisms, and Clinical Impact and Developments – Read Ryan’s paper here.

3rd Place – Colton Williams, Nursing Theory Paper – Read Colton’s paper here.


Spring 2015 Winners

Congratulations the winners of the Spring 2015 Library Research Prize!

1st Place –Donovan Lucibello, Raw Milk, Citizens, and Microbiology – Read Donovan’s paper here.

2nd Place – Aaron Gams, Improving Nurse-Physician Communication: Analyzing Ethical Codes to Promote Solutions – Read Aaron’s paper here.

3rd Place – Rachel Spangler: Minimum Wage: Beneficial and a Right – Read Rachel’s paper here.


Fall 2014 Winners

Congratulations the winners of the first Library Research Prize! Each received a gift card to the Helena College Bookstore.

1st place: Jordan Mitchell, Music to Be Used in Treating Mental Retardation and Mental Illness. -  Read Jordan's paper here.

2nd place: Donovan Lucibello, Fiscal Responsibility, Food Stamps and the Farm Bill - Read Donovan's paper here.

3rd place: Maria Murphy, Service Learning. - Read Maria's paper here.