Awards and Scholarships for Students

Dean's Leadership Council Library Research Prize


The Dean’s Leadership Council Library Research Prize recognizes exemplary scholarship through effective research strategies and demonstrated use of the library’s resources, services, and staff. There are two $1,000 prizes, one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students. They are awarded annually at the conclusion of the Spring semester.


For questions regarding applying for this prize, please contact Lauren Newton

Application Period

The application period for the Dean's Leadership Council Library Research Prize takes place annually in the spring semester.  Applications are will be accepted starting in January with a student application deadline of March 6, 2023.  Letters of faculty support should be emailed to and are due March 13, 2023.

Individual or Team Applicants must:

  • Be University of North Florida (UNF) undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Complete a research project or creative work for a credit course at UNF during the previous 12 months.* A draft version of the project is acceptable if final version is not completed by application deadline.
  • For team projects, all members must contribute towards the project.  If a team project wins, award will be split equally among members.
  • Agree to contribute research projects/ creative works and application essay to a display about their research mounted by library staff for public exhibition (in library and online). Winners will be contacted for permission to add their submission to UNF Digital Commons.
  • Agree to participate as a featured student in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s annual Showcase of Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity.
    *Cannot be work done as a formal collaboration (i.e. not a published paper or conference proposal) with a faculty member or other non-student researcher, or be research commissioned by an organization or business.  


Research projects should demonstrate:

  • High level use of library collections, materials/resources (in any format), and staff.
  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and effectively use library resources in the creation of a project in any format.
  • Evidence of significant personal understanding of the information gathering process that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.


Application must include the following:

  • Completed online application.
  • A 500 word essay describing your use of the library resources, services, and/or staff in completion of your project/creative work.*
  • A draft or final version of the research project or creative work, submitted electronically.*
  • A statement of faculty support from the instructor of the class for whom the work was prepared, emailed to

*The essay is the most important piece of your submission. The selection committee is interested in the investigative journey you undertook to create that project and how your research skills and understanding/use of library services, resources, collections, and staff improved your project.
*For media and creative projects: submit a printout of the first "page" of the project or a thumbnail of the image and any other necessary documentation, along with the project in its media format, or the URL of the web project.



Submissions will be judged based on how well they meet the selection criteria as listed above. A panel composed of UNF librarians and Dean's Leadership Council members will judge entries on the evidence of the applicant's research strategy, process, and personal learning, which will be summarized in the 500 word essay.


This award will be reported to the IRS as income to the winning student(s) and could affect subsequent Financial Aid eligibility.

Award Winners

2022 Winners

Graduate-  Doretta Leung

Dr. Andrea Arikawa, faculty sponsor; Dr. Pam Chally, UNF Interim-President;  Doretta Leung, 2022 Graduate Student Prize Winner; Dr. Brent Mai, UNF Library Dean

Doretta Leung is a graduate student pursuing a DCN in Clinical Nutrition- Advanced Practice with her project titled “The impact of a pediatric interdisciplinary outpatient feeding clinic on preterm infant weight gain and caregiver compliance with feeding recommendations.” Her application was supported by Dr. Andrea Arikawa.



Undergraduate- Lamija HodzicDr. Sarah Mattice, faculty sponsor; Dr. Pam Chally, UNF Interim-President;  Lamija Hodzic, 2022 Undergraduate Student Prize Winner; Dr. Brent Mai, UNF Library Dean

 Lamija Hodzic is a Junior majoring in International Studies with her project titled “The Dayton Accords and Instability Within Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Her application was supported by Dr. Sarah Mattice.




2021 Winners

Graduate- Leslie Van HornLeslie Van Horn
Leslie Van Horn is a doctoral candidate in the Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition program at UNF.  She is presently working to complete her dissertation titled, “Validation of an evidence-based dietetic practice instrument and the association between level of education and use of evidence-based dietetic practices among registered dietitian nutritionists.”  Her research interests focus on nutrition and dietetics education.  She lives in Charlotte, NC and also works full-time as an instructor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.



Undergraduate- Ketty MoraKetty Mora

My name is Ketty Mora, and I just graduated from UNF with a BA in Art History. My time at UNF has precipitated an enormous personal growth and development that have given me the confidence and motivation to continue my studies at Emory University, where I will pursue a PhD in Art History starting next Fall. My professors at UNF, staff, and resources, have played an instrumental role in my personal and academic life, and my gratitude goes out perpetually to them.



Undergraduate Runner Up- Carol Lynne Hemmingway

Carol Lynne Hemmingway is an undergraduate student and Jacksonville native studying History and Spanish with a minor in Digital Humanities. Her academic interests include local history, women authors and historians, and archival science. Lynne has worked as a student assistant for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library Special Collections since her first year at UNF and, as a student intern, has contributed to ongoing projects which combine her interests like the UNF Digital Humanities Institute's Editing the Eartha M. M. White Collection.