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:
- Be a Chapman University undergraduate (all undergraduate class levels and majors are eligible). Students attending Brandman University are not eligible.
- 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.
- 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:
- Read the Essay Requirements
- Read the Evaluation Rubric
- Download the Application Packet (forthcoming for 2019 contest)
- Follow the Application Guidelines
Please contact Taylor Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 532-7782 with any questions.
Submissions for the 2018 contest have closed. Awards will be announced on Wednesday, May 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. in the Center for American War Letters in the lower level of the Leatherby Libraries. Stay tuned for details about the 2019 contest!
Winners from 2018
1st Place Contest Entry: Provisional Patent Research Process, Joshua Goldfaden
Winners from 2017
Winners from 2016
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
1st Place Contest Entry: Moviegoers and the Moon in 1953, Hannah E. Gary
1st Place Research Paper: Moviegoers and the Moon in 1953, Hannah E. Gary