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James W. Jackson Award for
Excellence in Library Research in the Social Sciences

Purpose and Eligibility

The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage excellence in the use of library research skills in the social sciences (Criminal Justice, Economics & Management, Education, Environmental Studies, History, School of Leadership Studies, International Studies, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies).

Upper division students are eligible, based on a research project completed during the spring semester of the academic year or during the calendar year. Papers previously submitted are ineligible.

The winning paper should demonstrate a depth and breadth of effective use of research materials in the social sciences and clear evidence of thoughtful command of these resources. Excellent research projects which do not make significant use of library research materials (e.g., experimental projects) cannot, regrettably, be considered. Undergraduate honors theses are not eligible for the Jackson Award.


Nominations must be made by a faculty member. Each faculty member may nominate one or two students by submitting their research paper(s). The deadline for submission will be announced during the Spring semester.

Faculty, please send submissions to Kevin Butterfield, University Librarian, via email at

2020 Deadline: April 10, 2020

The Library Committee will serve on the Jackson Award committee.  Together with the Government Information Librarian and the Social Sciences Librarian, they will read the entries and determine a winner. For more information, please call Kevin Butterfield at (804) 289-8456.


The award consists of a check for $1000. The winner's name will be inscribed on a plaque in Boatwright Memorial Library and will be acknowledged in the Commencement Program.

2019 James Jackson Award Winner - Kay Dervishi

Kay Dervishi

Past Jackson Recipients

1984 Brian M. Sheahan
1985 Catharine N. Morrison
1986 Jeanette K. Williams
1987 Paula L. Domenici
1988 Mary Delicate
1989 Kate Ravenel
1990 Robbin F. Kohler
1991 James H. Carter, IV
1992 Robert Bennett
1993 Jonathan S. Marashlian
1994 Sean P. Byrne
1995 Daniel F. Diffley
1996 Jeffrey K. Staton
1997 Melanie Ann Bailey
1998 Kelly J. Schoeffel
1999 Marianne Wilson
2000 Jennifer A. Gaines
2001 Elizabeth J. Peiffer
2002 Daniel G. Feldman
2003 Rachel Finer
2004 John Kevin Dunn, Jr.
2004 Heather Lynn McQueen
2005 Nicholas Klaiber
2006 William Wilkes
2007 Amy Bradshaw
2008 Chris Cotten
2009 Jacob Johnson
2010 Kelly Behrend
2011 Marianne Williams
2012 Sarah Fishman
2013 Edward Beach
2014 Kate Lawrenz
2015 Solee Park
2016 Grace DeVries
2017 Carly Sibilia
2018 Helen Richardson
2019 Kay Dervishi