North Hall Library


North Hall Prize

Prize and Recognition

  • $100.00 -- Paper of 5-9 pages (1250-2250 words)
  • $100.00 -- Paper of 10 or more pages (more than 2250 words)

The winning papers will be showcased on the library's web page, and the winners will be listed on the North Hall Library Prize's web page in perpetuity. 

The prizes and certificates will be given to the winners at a public ceremony.

The winners and their winning papers will be showcased in the annual Showcase of Student Scholarship.


The competition is open to individually created papers of 5 or more pages written by a Mansfield undergraduate enrolled in one or both of the semesters during the eligibility period.

Papers submitted and graded during the calendar year (January–December) will be eligible for consideration. All entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on February 14 to be considered for the Prize.

Submitted entries must have been completed for a credit course and received a letter grade of A- or better.

The submitted paper must be based on some library research that will include usage of library print and electronic resources. In-text citations and a bibliography must be included in the paper in the appropriate citation style.

The faculty member who grades the paper must be willing to sign the submission form with supporting comments.

If the student is still enrolled at the University at the time of their selection, they must attend the award ceremony in order to receive the prize money.


The awards committee will consist of one library department faculty member and one faculty representative from each of the following areas: health and natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The Committee will use the following criteria for judging submissions:

  • Originality
  • Scholarship
  • Writing
  • Research skills
  • Faculty recommendation

Process for Submission

North Hall Prize for the Best Library Research Paper

The purpose of the North Hall Prize is to recognize, honor and celebrate undergraduate research that uses North Hall Library resources and services.

2021 Winners (Awarded in 2022):

Female student holding a certificate standing next to woman, both in front of a red background that says Mansfield University

Alyssa Messmer with Librarian Holly Jackson



  • The Spoken Paradox: Feminine Verbal Manipulation as Represented in Select Long 18th-Century British Literature
    Long Paper Category - Honorable Mention
    by K. O.