It often happens: our students amaze us with the quality of their work. Did you have a student project that really blew your mind this semester? Consider nominating them for a special award. Here are a few that you might consider:
If your students did a podcast:
NPR Student Podcast Challenge: College Edition: Students can create podcasts on any topic, individually or in small groups. Winning podcasts will be featured on Morning Edition or All Things Considered.
If your students wrote an excellent paper on popular culture topics:
Popular Culture Studies Journal Student showcase Call for Papers: Each issue of this open access journal includes a student showcase, featuring the work and original ideas of undergraduate and graduate students. The link above is for a call for submissions for the October 2021 issue.
If your student is a book collector:
https://library.udel.edu/giving/book-collecting-contest/: This annual book-collecting contest seeks to encourage reading and research, the creation of personal libraries, and the appreciation of printed or illustrated works for pleasure and scholarship. The award is sponsored by the Friends of the University of Delaware Library
If your student did excellent research, writing, or creative work this year, check your national scholarly associations for student awards and presentation opportunities. With many conferences operating virtually this year, the barriers to sharing their work in such venues are greatly reduced for students who may be on a shoestring budget. Not sure which associations may offer student awards or invite student submissions? Reach out to your subject librarian!