Building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have completed all of the steps outlined on GW's Onward website. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors. Masks are required inside all library buildings.

The Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence

This annual prize recognizes students who produce a research project in their freshman year that demonstrates significant and meaningful use of library services and collections at the George Washington University.

First year students are encouraged to submit a research project of any length or format, along with an essay summarizing how they used library resources to complete the project. Students should submit the one project that reflects their best work of the year. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 submissions:

  • 1st Place: valued at $500
  • 2nd Place: valued at $300
  • 3rd Place: valued at $200

Winners will be announced in late summer. Winning students will present their research at an awards ceremony during the fall term and those papers will be included in GW's institutional repository.