CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

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CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

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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 17, 2017 at 12 pm (Mon)

  • Review period: April 18-27, 2017

  • Winner notification: April 28, 2017 (Fri)

  • Winner reception: May 11, 2017 (Thurs)

Evaluation Rubric

Judges will utilize the following rubric to evaluate submissions: 2016-17 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 2016, Fall 2016, or Spring 2017;

  • 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.

Submission Form

UGRA submission form

 

Judging Rubric

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

All judges will use the following judging rubric when evaluating the submissions: 2016-17 Judging Rubric

Students are strongly encouraged to review the judging rubric prior to writing their reflective essay.

Submissions to the CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity will be evaluated by a diverse panel of judges consisting of library faculty, disciplinary faculty, and students.

 

Information for Faculty/Staff Letter of Support

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

Letters of support help to provide judges with a disciplinary context for student submissions.

Letters of support 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. 

Students are required to submit both their completed research project as well as a short essay reflecting on their research process and use of information. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric to see how submissions (including the letter of support) will be judged.

 

FAQs

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

I completed this project during Spring 2016 -- am I eligible to submit it for an award?

No, eligibility is limited to projects completed during the following terms: Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017.

I completed this project while working in a research lab at CSUSM. Many of us are working on the same research project; is this considered a "group project" or can I submit it as an individual?

If you completed a portion of the research project on your own and were required to conduct your own independent research, then you can submit it as an individual. If the work was truly collaborative (including research using outside information sources), then it must be submitted as a group.

The project I want to submit was a required assignment for a class; is this eligible?

Yes! Many required assignments for your classes will meet the requirements for this award. Basically, if you had to incorporate outside information (which could range from journal articles, websites, artistic influences, and more) into your project, your project is probably eligible.

I'm not sure which category (Creative Works, Empirical Research, or Interpretive Analysis) my project fits best. What should I do?

Please contact the award committee chair at scholarworks@csusm.edu with any questions regarding the category.

I will be graduating in December 2016; am I eligible to submit a project for the award?

Yes! As long as the project was completed at CSUSM during Summer or Fall 2016, it is eligible.

I conducted research/completed a project off-campus (for my job, at a different university, etc.); am I eligible to submit a project for the award?

Maybe. Your project must have been completed under the guidance of a CSUSM faculty/staff member. So, if it was for a CSUSM requirement (for example, study abroad), then your project is eligible for the award. If the project was completed for a different instution (for example, at another university under guidance of a non-CSUSM faculty/staff member), then it is not eligible.

2015-16 Award Winners

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

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity!

Creative Works

Wesley Howlett, Literature and Writing Studies

"So long: A reflection on the reality and illusion of change" [poem]

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robin Keehn

Empirical Research

Jacob Thum, Kinesiology

"Greater enjoyment in two modes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) compared to continuous exercise training (CEX) in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI)"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Todd Astorino

Petrona Gregorio-Pascual, Carlos Rosas, Alyssa Martinez, Stephanie Price, Redd Driver, & Cristal Lopez, Psychology

"The effects of social norms and self-affirmation on changes in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heike I.M. Mahler

The winning submissions and related materials can be found in CSUSM's Institutional Repository, ScholarWorks.

 

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