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Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award

Win $1,000 for telling us how you used the library for your research! This annual award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students participating in the Student Showcase who have made extensive use of library services and resources.

We award up to six prizes--$1,000 each--in any of the following five categories:

  • Communication and Expression
  • Community, Culture and Society
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Human Health
  • Environmental Impact

Submissions are now closed.

How do I apply?

  • Your Willock essay must relate to the research project accepted for exhibition at the Student Showcase. 
  • UA undergrads and graduate students may apply as individuals or teams – one application per each team or individual per year.
  • Complete the Willock Award application, as well as the Student Showcase application.

What are the essay requirements?

  • 300-500 words
  • Information on what to include (and how your essay will be evaluated) may be found in the Essay Rubric

What else do I need to know?

  • Essay finalists will be notified prior to and visited by the judging panel during the Student Showcase.
  • Judges will be operating off the evaluation criteria found in the Poster Rubric

What happens if I'm a winner?

  • Awards will be presented at the close of the Student Showcase. 
  • You will also be invited to a lunch hosted by the Vice Dean of Libraries. 
  • Winning posters may be archived in our campus repository.

How is this award funded?

The late Katheryne (Kate) Willock generously endowed this award. Kate received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and taught a course in biology at the University of Arizona. She spent several years as Assistant Territorial Archaeologist in the US Virgin Islands and conducted archaeological fieldwork in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Vieques, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, and the southwestern United States. Kate was an ardent supporter of the University Libraries and was vocal in championing the value the library brings to campus. 

What else should I know?

The award might affect your financial aid, so consult your financial aid advisor.

As the author of the essay, you retain copyright. It is your responsibility to get permission from copyright holders for images, media, or extended quotes you incorporate. Cite your sources. Images taken from copyrighted or licensed resources cannot be published beyond the UA community without permission.

For all other questions, email

2019 winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award recipients: Margherita Berti, Elif Burhan, Srujitha Marupuru, Erin Pelley, Tala Shahin and Sean Tomlinson.

Willock Award Graduate Student Winners

See winning essays and posters from previous years.