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The Hege Library Student Research Award

Student discusses her research poster at Guilford Undergraduate Research Symposium

Hege Library celebrates excellence in student research through the establishment of the first annual Hege Library Research Award. This award is made possible by the generosity of the Guilford College Friends of the Library and Guilford alumni H. Curt ‘56 and Patricia S. ’57 Hege. The establishment of the award coincides with the 25th anniversary of the 1989 addition to the Hege Library, as a celebration of faculty mentorship and librarian engagement in furthering students’ development as critical thinkers and thoughtful and creative scholars. Two $1000 awards will be given on an annual basis to honor and promote exemplary senior theses.  


Eligibility includes faculty nomination of students with senior status, who are working towards a departmental or honors thesis, and who have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must have taken or be taking at least 2 credits of 470/490 under the supervision of a Guilford College faculty thesis. 

2015 Deadlines and Requirements

A nomination letter, submitted by the faculty thesis advisor, is due by 5:00 p.m. on March 11. A 250-500 word Thesis Abstract, submitted by the student, is due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24The Thesis Abstract should include (appropriate to the discipline): 

  • Background/Critical Conversation
  • Conclusion/Significance

Nomination letters and Thesis Abstracts should be emailed to Melanie Lee-Brown, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors. Faculty thesis advisors will be advised by April 10 of the decisions of the Hege Library Research Award Review Committee, whose members are:

  • Melanie Lee-Brown, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors
  • Heather Hayton, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program
  • Heather Hans, Instructional Design and Assessment Librarian
  • Gwen Erickson, Friends Historical Collection Librarian and College Archivist
  • Erin Dell, Assistant Dean for Academic Administration