UC Merced Library Student Research Competition


The UC Merced Library is awarding two $250 prizes to recognize excellence in research projects that incorporate library resources, demonstrate high-level information literacy skills, and a deep understanding of research strategies and the inquiry process. One graduate and one undergraduate prize will be awarded.

A committee of UC Merced librarians will judge entries based on the following criteria:

  • Depth and breadth of library resources used, including but not limited to: print sources, databases, e-books, online articles, websites, images, and videos.
  • Evidence of information literacy skills used to locate, select, evaluate and synthesize library resources in the process of generating original research.
  • Evidence of a developing understanding of the research and inquiry process.


Eligibility and Requirements

  • Entrants must participate in the 2015 UC Merced Research Week Poster Competition.
  • OR
  • Entrants must have published, or had an article accepted for publication in an academic journal between March 1, 2014 and March 1, 2015. Undergraduates may publish in UC Merced-sponsored undergraduate journals.
  • Entrants must submit a 500-750 word essay describing and reflecting upon the research process and use of resources.
  • Students awarded prizes for this competition in previous years are not eligible to apply.


How to Apply

  • Use the online application form
  • Complete the form (all fields are required)
  • Attach your Bibliography/Reference List
  • Attach your Reflective Essay

Applications are due by midnight Friday, February 27, 2015.

Questions? Contact Susan Mikkelsen 209.658.1832

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