Guidelines for Support Letter

A letter of support for your project must be written by a U-M faculty member, instructor, or research supervisor who is familiar with your work.

After you submit your application, the person you’ve identified as your letter writer will receive a generated email from Submittable that includes a link to upload their letter.

Letters of support should make it clear how your use of library materials contributed to making your project comprehensive, original, or unique.

Your letter of support should address the following (we recommend you share this list with your letter writer in advance): 

  • How students in your class, or in your discipline, learn how to conduct library research. To what extent did this student master those skills?
  • If this project was for a class, the relevance of the project to the course learning goals
  • Whether the sources used were appropriate for the scope of the argument and its method 
  • Whether the methods of research and argumentation were consistent with disciplinary standards

The awards committee must receive these letters of support in Submittable by the end of the winter term. 

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