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The Frank Lepkowski
Undergraduate Research in Writing Award funded by the OUCU

The University Libraries have established the Frank Lepkowski Undergraduate Research in Writing Award (funded by the OUCU) to celebrate excellence in library research.
This scholarship is co-sponsored by the Oakland University Credit Union.

This annual prize recognizes up to two students who have most successfully applied information literacy skills in a paper or project. Information literacy has been defined as the ability to identify an information need, find sources that address it, evaluate and incorporate those sources, and use information ethically. (Association of College and Research Libraries)

The award consists of a $1500 scholarship prize for first place and $1000 for second place (prizes will be applied directly to tuition).

The award is given to up to two students each academic year. Nominations are accepted for courses completed in the preceding Winter, Summer and Fall semesters. Winners will be selected from faculty- or student-nominated papers by a committee of university library faculty members.


  • Only individual work is eligible.
  • Students must be currently enrolled at Oakland University at the time the award is presented (Winter 2016).
  • Papers must include a bibliography, list of works cited, footnotes or other bibliographic system according to recognized style guides.


Nominations must be submitted before the deadline of 12:00 am on February 29, 2016. Only papers written in Winter 2015, Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters are eligible.

Winners for the 2016 awards will be annoucned at OU Libraries' Authors at Oakland event on March 16, 2016 from 2-4 pm.

Nomination Procedure

Student papers can be nominated by faculty or by self-nominated students. If a student chooses to nominate their paper, the Research in Writing Award Committee will contact the supervising faculty member for confirmation.

Faculty-nominated projects:

  • Faculty members nominating students complete the faculty nomination form which includes a brief justification for the nomination and a description of the assignment. Faculty may submit nominations for multiple students from their Signature Course.
  • The Award Committee will contact the student being nominated. The student is responsible for submitting an online student application form and providing a final version of the paper.

Student-nominated projects:

  • Students self-nominating complete the student nomination form and must email the final version of the paper to committee chair.
  • The paper must be the same as the one submitted in the course.

Evaluation Criteria

Successful projects will demonstrate effective application of information literacy principles:

  • identify and retrieve information online or in person, using appropriate formats. Students effectively make use of research resources. When applicable students gather information from surveys, interviews, and other primary sources.
  • evaluate information critically. Students are able to evaluate sources for their reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness and bias, and they understand the importance of the context in which the sources were produced.
  • analyze and synthesize information so as to acquire new knowledge. Students identify and summarize the new information provided by their sources.
  • integrate new and prior information into the paper. Students know when and how to paraphrase, summarize or quote sources and provide appropriate and accurate citations and credits.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about this award, please contact:

Julia E. Rodriguez
Assistant Professor,
Nursing, Health Sciences, Faculty Research Support Librarian
Email: juliar@oakland.edu
Phone: 248.370.2490


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