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University Of Oregon Essay Contest

Undergraduate Research Awards & Scholarships
Submit Papers & Projects for Winter 2018

The UO Libraries Undergraduate Research Awardsreward students who demonstrate high-quality academic work and excellent library research skills.
Awards of $1,000 - $1,500 are given in the two categories listed below:
1) Single term papers and projects from a 300 level or above course
2) Theses or multi-term papers and projects

* Criteria

  • Paper or project was produced in Winter 2018.
  • Submissions must have a recommendation submitted online by the course instructor, thesis advisor, or project advisor.
  • Currently enrolled University of Oregon undergraduates or recent graduates only.
  • Single-term projects must be completed for an upper division (300 - 400 level) UO credit course.
  • Theses and multi-term projects must be completed prior to submission and be connected to the UO curriculum.

Student Application

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Faculty/Instructor Recommendation

* Student Application Deadline & Process

  • April 9, 2017 (11:59 pm)
  • Applications are reviewed once a year by the Awards Committee (a panel of UO librarians and faculty).
  • Currently enrolled students receive awards as scholarships; recent graduates receive a cash prize award.

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Previous Year Award Winners
Funded by the Milton C. and Barbara B. Sparks and Jon and Lisa Stine endowments, as well as gifts from Walter and Gretchen Barger

We are no longer running the Oregon Quarterly essay contest, but are grateful to all those who have submitted in the past. Thank you for sharing your amazing stories with us. 

The 2016 winners of the Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest were as follows:

At School, A Shooting by Drew Terhune

Refuge by Valerie Rapp

A Forest Curator by Karen Kruger

Honorable Mention

Hurdles and Barricades by Noah Schultz


Territory by Kim Conolly

What Pulls You Through by Emily Edelman

Not Exactly the Teenage Dream by Rebecca Miles

The Gate on the Oregon Trail by Charley Roberts

[Untitled] by Corey Freer

Little Tumescent Water Droplets by Edward Engs

Two Truths and a Lie by Erin Kanzig

Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! selected the 2016 contest winners. Russell’s debut novel was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011, long-listed for The Orange Prize, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Russell has been featured in the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2013 she was named a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” the youngest of the year’s 24 winners. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Read the winning essays from 2015:


First Place "Water, Water, Everywhere," by Kristianne Huntsberger

Second Place "Vintage Keys," by Drew Terhune

Tied for Third Place "Moccasin's End," by Autumn Depoe-Hughes & "When the Lights Go Out," by Sue Lick


"The Aftermath of Loss – What Happens When a Hoarder Dies" by Melissent Zumwalt 

"Black Hole" by Jason Silverstein

"The Hobo Pirates of Portland" by Shannon Gadberry


First Place "155 Days," by Nysia Trejo

Second Place "A Temperate Mind," by Forrest Munro

Third Place  "Floater," by Max Rubin


"Anything Can Happen Now" by K.R. Sodikoff

"The Buzzing Space" by Carl Cacela

"Life in the Shadow of Death" by Nicole Krueger

Views expressed in these essays do not necessarily reflect the views of the UO administration.

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