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Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship

Each year, UK Libraries awards two $1,000 prizes to undergraduates 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. 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.

Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award

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:

  • Teacher’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the subject and commitment to increasing student awareness of the importance of public service
  • Impact on student success
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation

 The Clements Award honors the life and career of the late Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service.

Medallion for Intellectual Achievement

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.

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. Selections are determined by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board.

To submit a nominee for the 2023 Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, look for nomination forms and further instructions in the Fall.

Alternative Textbook Grant

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:

  • Grants Awarded: 59
  • Funds Awarded: $107,500
  • Students Enrolled in Impacted Courses: 12,480
  • Estimated Student Savings: $1,543,979
  • Estimated Savings per Student: $124
  • Colleges Represented by Grant Recipients: 13

Find past grant recipients and more information about creating and adopting alternative textbooks in our Alternative Textbook Library Guide.