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UMass Amherst Libraries

Undergraduate Sustainability Award

Details on the current year's award requirements and timeline

2021-2022 Award Description

The Undergraduate Sustainability Award promotes in-depth understanding of sustainability topics,
research strategies, and the use of library resources, providing participating students with vital skills they will carry into future academic and vocational endeavors.  The award is funded by the award-winning UMass Amherst Libraries’ Sustainability Fund. decorative images representing sustainability


We are accepting two types of submissions this year:

Option 1: Previous academic work (in any format) related to sustainability. 

Option 2: An original essay of 1500-2000 words. In this essay, communicate something that you learned about sustainability while at UMass. Was it something surprising? Concerning? Gave you hope? Got you fired up to help change the world? 

For both options, on the submission form, you will be asked to provide some context for the judges (maxiumum 500 words total):

  • Why you chose the topic or focus area of your submission
  • How you used campus and library resources
  • If submitting previous work, the class it was for and the assignment

Five (5) scholarships of $800 will be awarded. 

To learn more about sustainability efforts at UMass check out these links:


January 25, 2022 - Open for submissions

March 11, 2022 - Application materials due by 11:59 p.m. (No late submissions accepted.)

March 28, 2022 - Deadline for notification of awards.

April 21, 2022 - Evening reception at the Science & Engineering Library to recognize and celebrate award winners. 


  • Be a full- or part-time UMass Amherst undergraduate enrolled in any discipline and at any level. 
  • Diversity of age, ability, race, religion, gender, social class, educational background is welcome.
  • If awarded, agree to add your submission to ScholarWorks, the UMass Amherst digital showcase (with a Creative Commons license of your choosing)

  • If awarded, attend library event the evening of April 21, 2022 at the Science & Engineering Library (time TBD). 

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of librarians and staff from the Science & Engineering Library and a faculty member.

Submission Details

Details about submission and a link to the submission form will be available here on January 25, 2022.