The Research Award is an annual award given to Western Washington University undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for courses taught across the colleges. It recognizes excellence in undergraduate research papers based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections and learning about the research discovery and information synthesizing process. Visit the Research Award site for additional information.


Submissions from 2017

Framing the Frat Boy: An Analysis of Frames Used in Coverage of Campus Rape by The New York Times, Christina Becker


A New Look at the Constitutional Convention and State Ratifying Conventions: How Reason and Interest Played a Role, Nicole Carroll

The Grammaticalization of "Because" in Standard English, Jeffrey Guptil

Submissions from 2016


Preventing Anorexia in Adolescents Through Empowerment and Education (PAATTEE), Mimi Boumatar, Emma Hefton, Alex Johnston-Thomas, and Dillon van Rensburg

Feminist Identification with the White Supremacy Movement, Marissa Hall


Shunga: Erotic Art in the Tokugawa Era, Rachael Redjou

Submissions from 2015


Computational Chemistry in Rational Material Design for Organic Photovoltaics, Andrew Hoffman


Responding to Sex Workers’ Rights as Workers’ Rights: Reducing Sex Trafficking in the Dominican Republic, Corena Sharp

Taking Back Birth: Alternative Birth Professional Empowering Women in Childbirth, Ashley Weyers

Submissions from 2014

The Impact of the Recent Global Financial Crisis on Microfinance Sustainability, Kristine Farwell


Evolution of the Y-Chromosome in Primates, Audrey Marsh


The Plague, the Poor, and the Problem of Medicine, Celina Muñoz


Race Representations in Children’s Picture Books and Its Impact on the Development of Racial Identity and Attitudes, Jenna Wilson