Each year, UK Libraries awards two $1,000 prizes to undergraduate students whose research projects make substantive and creative use of UK Libraries’ collections, services, and resources. We celebrate exceptional and original scholarship in two categories: traditional papers and digital methodologies. Learn more about recent recipients or view past winning submissions to see where UK Libraries resources can take your scholarship.
For information on how to apply, including eligibility and evaluation criteria, timelines, and due dates, please visit our Dean’s Award Library Guide.
Applications are reviewed in the spring.
Each year, the National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center recognizes promising and innovative Kentucky educators through the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers.
Clements Award recipients are selected by an independent review panel and receive $1,000 each.
The award criteria include the following:
The Clements Award honors the life and career of the late Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service.
One of UK’s most prestigious awards, the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement is awarded annually to a Kentucky resident whose accomplishments in the fields of science, literature, art, or philanthropy have made a profound impact on the Commonwealth and represent the pinnacle of creative or scholarly thought.
Anyone may submit a nominee for the Medallion by filling out the nomination form. Nominees must be a Kentucky native or have more than three years of work or residency in Kentucky. Selections are determined by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board, who take great pride in recognizing high intellectual achievement by Kentuckians and encouraging creative thought across the Commonwealth.
Past award recipients include Thomas D. Clark, Wendell Berry, Bobbie Ann Mason, and bell hooks. Nominees must be a Kentucky native or have more than three years of work or residency in Kentucky.
Nominations are reviewed in the fall.
The Alternative Textbook Grant Program provides grants to instructors to replace commercial textbooks with openly licensed or library-licensed equivalents, reducing students’ financial burden of buying traditional textbooks. By offering free access to essential learning materials, UK Libraries is lowering the affordability gap and increasing access to higher education for all.
Since its launch in 2016, the Program has impacted thousands of students, leveraging just over $100,000 in grant funds into over $1.5 million in savings:
Find past grant recipients and more information about creating and adopting alternative textbooks in our Alternative Textbook Library Guide.
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