Library Research Awards

Researching in the Carpenter Reading Room

Aptman Prizes

The Aptman Prizes recognize undergraduates’ excellence in research, including their analysis, evaluation and synthesis of sources. The prizes encourages students to make use of the general library collections and services at Duke University. Eileen and Lowell Aptman (T'89) provided funding for the Aptman Prizes.

Middlesworth Awards

The Middlesworth Awards were established to encourage and recognize excellence of analysis, research and writing by Duke University students in the use of primary sources and rare materials held by the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Chester P. Middlesworth (A.B., 1949) of Statesville, N.C., provided funding for Middlesworth Awards.

Holsti Prize

The Holsti Prize recognizes excellence in undergraduate research using primary sources for political science or public policy. Ole R. Holsti (George V. Allen Professor Emeritus of Political Science) provided funding for the Holsti Prize.

The Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award

The Rosati Creative Writing Award is awarded each spring in recognition of an outstanding work of creative writing. All Duke undergraduate students are eligible to submit work for consideration

General Guidelines

  • All submissions must be received by May 15, 2015. See individual guidelines for theAptman Prizes, the Holsti Prize the Middlesworth Awards, and the Rosati Award.
  • Papers or projects completed in Summer 2014, Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 are eligible for the 2015 awards.
  • The awards carry a cash prize of $1,000 (Aptman, Holsti and Middlesworth) or $1500 (Rosatu).
  • Award recipients will be notified by August 30, 2015.
  • An awards reception will be held during Parents' and Family Weekend 2015.


Aptman Prizes

Carson Holloway
(919) 660-5997

Middlesworth Awards

David Pavelich
(919) 660-5825

Holsti Prize

Cheryl Thomas
(919) 660-5814

Rosati Award

Arianne Hartsell-Gundy
(919) 660-5881