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Undergraduate Library Research Prize Submission Information

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Deadline May 16th, 2021

Prize Eligibility

  1. Participate in one of the following UC San Diego programs:

a. Faculty Mentor Program
b. Summer Research Conference
c. Undergraduate Research Conference
d. Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
e. Triton Research & experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS)
f. Online Undergraduate Research Symposium (OURS)

     2. Receive a faculty nomination

     3. Submit supporting documentation by the deadline.

Previous winners of the Prize are eligible to apply as long as the new submission is for different research than what was previously submitted.


  • Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities $1,000 1st place, $500 2nd place
  • Life & Physical Sciences/Engineering $1,000 1st place, $500 2nd place

If co-submitting, when two students worked on the same project, the award will be split between the two students.

Submission Information

  • By submitting an application, awardees agree to have their work added to eScholarship, the University of California’s open access publishing platform.


To nominate a student researcher for the Undergraduate Library Research Prize:

  1. Submit a letter of nomination using the submission form below by the deadline of May 16, 2021. Please use student's last name, submission year, and nomination (lastname2021nomination) in the file name. You may nominate two students that worked on the same project in one letter.  Be sure to include both student names in the submission form and file name.

Please address the following in your letter:

  • Significance of library resources used. Materials are not limited to printed resources, but may also include electronic resources (databases, e-books, online journals, etc), primary resources, or materials in all media in support of the research
  • Demonstrated expertise in the use of library resources by identifying, evaluating, synthesizing a variety of materials in the generation of a research project
  • Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future

Submission Form


Students should submit one file (Word or PDF) that contains the following documentation of their work by the deadline of May 16, 2021. If you are co-submitting with someone that worked on the same project, you need only submit one time. Be sure to include both student names in the submission form, all supporting documentation, and file name. Use page breaks and section headings to separate documentation within the file. Please use last name, submission year, and submission (lastname2021submission) in the file name.

Documentation must consist of the following:

1. Short biography to include name, college (Muir, Revelle, etc), academic year (4th year, etc.) name of research program in which participating, and name of faculty advisor/mentor. 

2. Documentation showing research undertaken --> ONE of the following:

a) Undergraduate Research Conference (PDF of presentation), or
b) Summer Research Conference (PDF of presentation), or
c) Faculty Mentor Program Research Symposium (PDF of presentation), or
d) Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (PDF or presentation), or
e) Triton Research & Experimental Learning Scholars (PDF or presentation), or
f) Online Undergraduate Research Symposium (PDF or presentation), or
g) 3-page scholarly excerpt describing the research and its relevance; include references and/or illustrations when appropriate.

3. Short (500-750 word) essay describing how UCSD library resources were used to complete the research project. If co-submitting each student must address the bullet points below in their part of the reflection in a single essay. Student essays should address: 

  • Use of a variety of library resources, including but not limited to: subject-related resources such as research guides, databases, journals, books, primary sources, as well as library spaces (e.g. Data and GIS Lab, Digital Media Lab) and services (e.g. interlibrary loan, librarian research consultations).
    • The essay should show that appropriate subject-related resources were used for the research topic, including sources that may seem less obvious but that supplemented the research (if appropriate).
  • Evidence of critical thinking. The essay should include a discussion of how the resources were identified and selected and should reflect on how the information was synthesized into the research.
  • Discussion of the research process. The essay should discuss the process used to find the information. Where did the process start and where did it lead? When were primary or secondary sources used and why? This part of the essay should provide a description of the discovery process. Include what information was needed, how the information was searched for, what actions you took once you found the information, how the information led to other information and how it helped your research (e.g., support your thesis, lead to an original idea, inspire the methods/approach you took).

Tip:  Previous winners of the prize have included specific resources they found helpful, some level of detail about search strategies employed, and some thoughts about what they learned in the research process that they didn't know before, or will be likely to use in the future.  For assistance, contact Ask Us.

Submission Form


If you have questions about the Undergraduate Library Research Prize please contact:

Elena Pernicano
Executive Assitant

Tim Chu
Coordinator, ULRP

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