The Friends of the Library sponsors The Connecticut College Prize for Undergraduate Library Research. The prize is a $500 cash award established in 2016 offered annually to recognize excellence in undergraduate research projects that incorporate the use of library collections and that demonstrate sophisticated information literacy skills.

Students who submit winning projects will be recognized at the College's Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony in April. In addition to the prize awarded to the overall winner, up to three projects may be awarded honorable mention status.

Citations and research statements for all winners and finalists can be found in Digital Commons.

Please see the library prize libguide for details about the application process and eligibility requirements.

Winners of the Prize for Undergraduate Library Research


Caitlyn Boyd

"What’s in the Fridge?: Risk of Food Insecurity as an Intersectional Issue"


Binh Vo '23

"CRISPR-CAS9 System In Vitro and DNA Modifications Using Homology-Directed Repair Mechanism"


Nhi "Sandy" Doan '23

"Evaluation of Animal Models and Previous Studies on PTSD"


Avatar Simpson '20

"Using Contextual Information to Extrapolate the Reasons Behind Severe Environmental Ignorance in New London During the Era of Urban Renewal"


Mimi Crawford '19

"The Cause of the Guatemalan Civil War" 


Dominic Lentini '18

"Media Framing, Violent Protest, and Race: A Comparative Analysis of The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times' coverage of the Ferguson Protests"


Lindsey Nelson '17

"Help-seeking Behaviors in Young Children"


Caitlin Kullberg ‘16

"Linguistic Ideologies and Issues of Representation in Winners of the Pura Belpré Award for Illustration"