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Funding Opportunities: BRW Stipend Program

BRW Stipend Program Overview

The Watzek Library Bibliographic Research and Writing (BRW) Stipend Program fosters information literacy learning experiences in BRW-designated courses through faculty-library collaborations. These learning experiences address the following BRW learning outcomes:

  • Identify relevant literature of the scholarship area and documented the research process;
  • Use sources appropriately by considering the information-creation process, authority in context, diversity of perspectives, and the relationship of the sources to one another.

Faculty/librarian pairs submit an application (due April 4, 2022) for the stipend program when the CAS Library/Educational Technology Committee calls for applications in the spring term.  The application will focus on a BRW course to be taught in the fall or spring of the upcoming academic year. BRW teams must update or develop course components (assignments, class exercises, etc.) that address the two information-literacy learning outcomes mentioned above. Teams are encouraged to create course modules that develop a critical approach to finding and evaluating a diverse range of sources for a research project. This could include developing a greater understanding of the context of sources including the genre of the source, the publisher of the source, and the background, identity, experience and authority of the author of the source as well as other factors.

A review committee consisting of faculty and librarians will review the applications and make the awards.

The faculty and the librarian will each receive a $500 stipend upon completion of a final report following the semester in which they delivered their BRW course. More details about the stipend program including the review criteria for applications are available in this overview.

If you have questions about the program, please email Watzek Director Mark Dahl (

BRW Stipend Program Participants


  • World Languages 198: Fairy Tales Across Cultures (Catherine Loverti and Jim Bunnelle)
  • Sociology/Anthropology 204: Reading "Texts": Discourse, Visual, and Material Analysis (Jennifer Hubbert and Mark Dahl)
  • English 281: From Scroll to Codex: Working with Medieval Manuscripts (Karen Gross and Hannah Crumme)
  • Biology 408: Phylogenetic Biology and Molecular Evolution (Greta Binford and Parvaneh Abbaspour)
  • International Affairs 211: International Organization (Kyle Lascurettes and EJ Carter)
  • Environmental Studies 220: Environmental Analysis (Jessica Kleiss and Mark Dahl) 


  • History 229: The Holocaust in Comparative Perspective (Mo Healy and EJ Carter)
  • History 243: African American History (Nancy Gallman and EJ Carter)
  • English 235: [Topics] Animals and Animals Rights in Literature (Kurt Fosso and Erica Jensen)