The Kevin and Tam Ross Undergraduate Research Prize recognizes excellent research and effective use of library resources by Chapman University undergraduate students. Applicants are asked to write an essay about their selection, evaluation, and use of library resources for work on a research paper or project. Judges will be looking for originality, depth, or sophistication in the use of library resources and information literacy as demonstrated in the essay and other application materials. Winners will receive a certificate of achievement and a cash prize, be honored at an awards ceremony, be recognized on the Library’s website, and be invited to have their project published in the Chapman University Digital Commons.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  1. Be a Chapman University undergraduate (all undergraduate class levels and majors are eligible). Students attending Brandman University are not eligible.
  2. Have completed all or a portion of a research paper or project at Chapman during the current academic year. For example, you can still apply if you have only turned in part of your project to your professor already, but will not have the entire project finished until later in the semester.
  3. Agree to have one's work on display in a library exhibit and/or the Leatherby Libraries website, which may include excerpts from the essay or other parts of the application.

Before applying for the prize, please make sure to:

Please contact Carolyn Radcliff at cradclif@chapman.edu or (714) 532-7744 with any questions.

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Winners from 2017

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1st Place: Critical Media Literacy: Liberating the "Criminal" and Empowering African American Males (Contest Entry), Talia Cain

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2nd Place: Patient Activation Among Diverse Populations: A Systematic Review (Contest Entry), Megan Kenney

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2nd Place: Patient Activation Among Diverse Populations: A Systematic Review (Final Research Paper), Megan Kenney

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3rd Place: “Cry ‘Havoc!’ And Let Slip the Dogs of War!”: The Canine Experience in the A.E.F. (Contest Entry), Amanda Larsh

Winners from 2016

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1st Place: The Effectiveness of Yoga Therapy on an Adult, Post-Stroke Population: A Systematic Review (Contest Entry), Baylor E. Hogan

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1st Place: The Effectiveness of Yoga Therapy on an Adult, Post-Stroke Population: A Systematic Review (Final Research Paper), Baylor E. Hogan

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2nd Place: From a Chat in the Parlor to Viral Music Videos: An Analysis of Music as a Social Occasion (Contest Entry), Emma F. Plotnik

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3rd Place: “The Good of the Country Rises Above Party”: Roosevelt, La Guardia, and O’Connor and the Works Progress Administration in New York City During the Great Depression (Contest Entry), Kristine Avena

Winners from 2015

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1st Place: Moviegoers and the Moon in 1953 (Contest Entry), Hannah E. Gary

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1st Place: Moviegoers and the Moon in 1953 (Final Research Paper), Hannah E. Gary

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2nd Place: Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Veteran Population: Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies (Contest Entry), Brooke D. Snelgrove

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2nd Place: Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Veteran Population: Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies (Final Research Paper), Brooke D. Snelgrove

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3rd Place: "Make it a Woman's World": The 1911 California Woman's Suffrage Campaign (Contest Entry), Sarah E. Smith

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Honorable Mention: A “Land You Could Not Escape yet Almost Didn’t Want to Leave:” Japanese American Identity in Manzanar Internment Camp Gardens (Contest Entry), McKenzie P. Tavoda

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Honorable Mention: A “Land You Could Not Escape yet Almost Didn’t Want to Leave:” Japanese American Identity in Manzanar Internment Camp Gardens (Final Research Paper), McKenzie P. Tavoda

Winners from 2014

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1st Place: Conflicting Definitions of Relief: Life in Refugee Camps after the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 (Final Research Paper), Emily Neis

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2nd Place: Effects of Cognitive Interventions on the Cognition of Patients Diagnosed With Dementia (Final Research Paper), Kiersten Kelly

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3rd Place: The Descent Unseen: Greece’s Unappreciated Place in British Political History (Final Research Paper), Kenneth Schneider