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 Taylor Greene at tgreene@chapman.edu or (714) 532-7782 with any questions.

Submissions to the 2018-2019 contest are currently being accepted.

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Winners from 2018

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1st Place Contest Entry: Provisional Patent Research Process, Joshua Goldfaden

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2nd Place Contest Entry: Piracy, Policy, and Pandora: Outdated Copyright in a Digital World, Stephanie Caress

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3rd Place Contest Entry: Sulamani Temple at the Bagan Archaeological Site: Works of Art and Circumambulation in an Active Buddhist Site, Lauren Ogie

Winners from 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Winners from 2016

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

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

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

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3rd Place Contest Entry: “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, Kristine Avena

Winners from 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners from 2014

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

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

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