The Library Map Prize is awarded to Yale College senior for the best use of maps in a senior essay or its equivalent. The prize is an award of $500.

The deadline for the Library Map Prize 2022 is Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EDT Contact the Marx Science and Social Science Library with any questions about the Library Map Prize.

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Submit your essay for consideration.

The Library Map Prize is one of three senior essay prizes awarded by Yale University Library to honor outstanding undergraduate research and encourage use of library collections. See all the Yale Library prizes.

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Essays from 2019

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Ranging and Behavior of Black and Gold Howler Monkeys in Formosa, Argentina, Claire Rossi de Leon
First Prize

Essays from 2016

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Species Distribution Modeling of North American Odonates, Rebecca Beilinson
First Prize

Essays from 2006

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The City of Oil & Water: The Rise and Fall of an American Landscape, Jeffrey B. Goodman
This work was nominated for the Yale Library Map Prize in 2006. However, no review and selection process was carried out in 2006 and, therefore, no prizes were awarded that year. In reply to an inquiry from the author, the essay was reviewed by Yale Library’s Map Prize 2021 judges. These reviewers are pleased to recognize the excellence of the essay and underlying scholarship, including its extensive and creative use of maps, and to publish it as a 2006 Map Prize Submission of Merit.

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Chasing Thucydides: Re-Imagining the Battle of Pylos (425BC), Patrick McGill
This work was nominated for the Yale Library Map Prize in 2006. However, no review and selection process was carried out in 2006 and, therefore, no prizes were awarded that year. In reply to an inquiry from the author, the essay was reviewed by Yale Library’s Map Prize 2021 judges. These reviewers are pleased to recognize the excellence of the essay and underlying scholarship, including its extensive and creative use of maps, and to publish it as a 2006 Map Prize Submission of Merit.