Undergraduate Library Research Prize Submission Information

2015 student winners lined up

Deadline May 13, 2016

Prize Eligibility

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

a. Faculty Mentor Program
b. Summer Research Program
c. Undergraduate Research Conference

     2. Receive a faculty nomination

     3. Submit supporting documentation            by May 13, 2016

Cash Awards

Winners are selected to receive the prizes by a panel of judges.  Winners will be notified via email before the end of the Spring quarter and the award ceremony will take place June 2, 2016 from 4:30-6:30.

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

Submission Information submission 


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

  1. Notify the student to coordinate submission of materials; documentation can be sent as a single packet (faculty nomination letter and student materials together) or separately
  2. Submit a letter of nomination by to Erin O'Brien, Library Administrative Office, Geisel Library

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


Students should submit the following documentation of their work via email to Erin O'Brien, Library Administrative Office, Geisel Library by the deadline of May 13, 2016.

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. This document may be submitted as PDF or Word document.

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) 3-page scholarly excerpt describing the research and its relevance; include references and/or illustrations when appropriate

3. Short (500-750 word) essay (in PDF or Word doc) describing how UCSD library resources were used to complete the research project. Student essays should address: 

  • Use of a variety of resources. 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.

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 a Librarian.


If you have questions abouth the Undergradatue Library Research Prize please contact:

Erin O'Brien
Coordinator, ULRP 2016

Dominique Turnbow
Coordinator, ULRP 2016

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