CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (2016-17) - Main

The CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate sophistication and originality in research projects and creative works, and reflection upon the research/creation process. Up to six prizes will be awarded in three categories: Creative Works, Empirical Research, and Interpretive Analysis. Winners receive a $600 cash prize and public recognition of their excellent work.

Submissions by individuals or groups will be considered in the following three categories:

  • Creative Works, including, but not limited to, an art installation, software program, musical composition, film or video, special project, mathematical research, etc.

  • Empirical Research, including, but not limited to, research conducted with qualitative or quantitative methodologies using the (social-) scientific method. (The submission project should utilize data to prove or disprove a hypothesis.)

  • Interpretive Analysis, including, but not limited to, analysis which aims to capture hidden meaning and ambiguity of a cultural artifact (such as a piece of art, person, or event). (Examples: cultural/literary criticism, film analysis, historiographies, social criticism, etc.)

If you have any question about which category a submission falls under, please contact scholarworks@csusm.edu.

Important Dates

  • Submission: April 11, 2018 at 12 pm (Wed)

  • Review period: April 12-26, 2018

  • Winner notification: April 27, 2018 (Fri)

  • Winner reception: May 9, 2018 (Wed)

Evaluation Rubric

Judges will utilize a rubric to evaluate submissions: 2017-18 Judging Rubric

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a CSUSM undergraduate student or students at the time of project completion;

  • Have completed the research project under the guidance of a CSUSM faculty and/or staff member at CSUSM during the following terms: Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018;

  • Agree to contribute to a display of their research during the year following receipt of the prize;

  • Agree to a non-exclusive license agreement to have their submissions included in the CSUSM Institutional Repository. The applicants will retain copyright. 

  • For projects completed as a group, the submission for this award must be completed by the entire group. If a group project is selected to win an award, the cash prize will be distributed equally among all group members.

Required Submission Pieces

  1. A 500-750 word essay describing and reflecting upon your research process and use of resources, including, but not limited to:

    • evaluation and selection of materials;

    • search strategies and tools used;

    • understanding of their role as a student-scholar, and a creator of new information;

    • recognition of different perspectives encountered within the scholarship.

    • All identifying information should be removed from your submission materials to help ensure fairness in judging. 
       

  2. A final version of the research project including a complete bibliography, using a citation style appropriate to the discipline.
     

  3. A letter of support from the faculty member or staff advisor. For your letter of support, please have your professor or advisor email the letter directly to scholarworks@csusm.edu. Identifying information does not have to be removed from this letter.

    • Students are encouraged to send the evaluation rubric to their faculty member/staff advisor.

    • This letter should address the following:

      • How does the student project address significant questions within the discipline? 

      • How well does the student project adhere to established disciplinary dimensions/norms such as argumentation style and/or approach, investigative methods, and selection and utilization of information sources/influences?

      • If this is a group project, the letter should address contributions of the entire group. 

Author Rights

Students retain all rights to their work.  However, students must also grant a non-exclusive license to the university at the time of submission. The license confirms that the student is the creator and contributor of the work and grants the university permission to share the work in an open-access digital environment for educational purposes.

Students and any co-authors retain all intellectual property rights for the dissertation. Students submitting materials for which they do not own copyrights, must certify that they have obtained permission from the copyright owner before making materials available online.

Students also give the university permission to make their work available to all users and to adapt it to accessible formats per American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requirements. Requests for use of the work for purposes other than education will be referred back to the copyright holder.


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