The MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Contest seeks to recognize and reward outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students at the University of Missouri. Any undergraduate in any discipline is invited to enter the contest, which is judged by a cross-disciplinary panel of librarians, members of The Friends of the MU Libraries, and MU faculty members. The MU Libraries Contest is different from other research paper contests in that it judges not only the paper itself, but also the research process and the student’s ability to articulate his/her experience conducting research. It is also unique opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research to an audience.


  • 2020
  • 2019
    • First place winner:Ashley Anstaett, Phong H. Nguyen, and Andrew J. Greenwald. Conceptual design of microfiber removal using pressure-swing filtration [not available in MOspace]
    • Second place winner: Erielle Jones. Fly like an eagle : the success of STOP-ERA in the Missouri Senate 1977 [not available in MOspace]
  • 2018:
  • 2017:
    • First place winner: Victor Topouria. The fabric road to power : geography of the textiles trade along the new Silk Road and China’s path to geopolitical dominance through the textiles supply chain. [Not available in MOspace]
    • Second place winner: Samuel Mosher. The suppression of the African slave trade in The Illustrated London News. [Not available in MOspace]
  • 2016:
  • 2015:
    • First place winner: Rebecca Honeyball. An examination of vocal fry in the context of peer bonding, authority and perceptions of self. [Not available in MOspace]
  • 2014:
    • Individual project winner: Emily Voss. Consanguineous Marriage in Bangladesh. [Not available in MOspace]
    • Group project winner: Read Hall History Collective (Christopher Bowen, Bryan Buer, Alexander Deckard, Christopher Fernandez, Andrew Holden, Adam Kleinerman, Russ Kohl, Bethany Korte, Meghan Moore, Daniel Neuhaus, Melissa Ryder, and Michael Williams.). All My Blood and Treasure: The Civil War and Divided Loyalties in Little Dixie, Missouri. [Not available in MOspace]
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