UB Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research – Apply by March 6, 2015


The UB Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, are pleased to sponsor and announce the 2015 Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research. The Prize recognizes students who produce significant academic inquiry requiring use of information resources, the Libraries, and the collections. Undergraduate research conducted by individual students or by student teams is eligible.

  • Research in all disciplines is eligible for the Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research.
  • Submissions must document use and application of library/information resources in any format (online, print, web, media, etc.).
  • Research conducted in full or in part during the period from January 2014 through February 2015 is eligible.
  • Research projects can be presented in any format (print, web-based, media, database, art works, etc.).
  • Prize winning research will be featured on the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities web site and honored at the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Some examples of eligible research projects (must integrate UB Libraries information resources):

  • Research paper
  • Lab or clinical research investigation
  • Photography
  • Film/Video
  • Product or prototype development
  • Mapping or GIS project
  • Art work
  • Architecture project/model
  • Database development
  • Field trip/site exploration
  • Web site

Prize Criteria

Submissions will be judged based on on how well students demonstrate the following:

  1. sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, manuscripts or archival collections, web resources, and all media;
  2. exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any media that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future; and
  3. evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

In judging the prize, the primary focus will be on the evidence of the student’s research strategy, process, personal learning, and synthesis into a meaningful project. The expectations for achievement will be judged in relationship to the applicant’s class year and the general culture of the discipline.


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