Eligibility

To be eligible to win, applicants must:

  • Be Berkeley undergraduates at any class level (lower- or upper-division) and in any discipline (arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering)
  • Have completed their research project for a credit course at UCB during either the Summer 2013, Fall 2013, or Spring 2014 semester
  • Agree to contribute to a display about their research mounted by library staff for public exhibition during the year following receipt of the Prize
  • See FAQ for more information about eligibility.



    Application Procedure

    Applications must be submitted electronically and will be reviewed only if the application includes all of the following:

    1. An application cover sheet. Fill out the application cover sheet (Microsoft Word Form), save it as a Microsoft Word document or PDF, and name the file following this format: Yourlastname_Firstname_cover.doc and use standard capitalization in the filename. (Example: Eifler_David_cover.doc)

    2. A 500-750 word reflective essay describing your research strategies and use of library tools and resources (see essay tips). Save as a Microsoft Word document or PDF and name the file following this format: Yourlastname_Firstname_essay.doc and use standard capitalization in the filename. (Example: Eifler_David_essay.doc)

    3. A draft or final version of the research project. Projects in all media are encouraged. 
      Written projects: the product should be approximately 7-30 pages for lower-division students and 20-60 pages for upper-division students.  Save as a Microsoft Word document or PDF and name the file following this format: Yourlastname_Firstname_project.doc and use standard capitalization in the filename. (Example: Eifler_David_project.doc)

      Digital projects:
      If Web-based, email a URL of the digital project along with the other application components to <prize@lists.berkeley.edu>. If the project is in a format that cannot be submitted electronically, such as an architectural model, CD or DVD, deliver it by the due date in person to Margaret Phillips, Education/Psychology Library, 2600 Tolman Hall, by 5:00pm Thursday, April 17, 2014.

    4. A bibliography or other appropriate listing of sources consulted (see bibliography tips). Even if your bibliography is part of your project, please also save it separately as a Microsoft Word document or PDF and name the file following this format: Yourlastname_Firstname_bib.doc and use standard capitalization in the filename. (Example: Eifler_David_bib.doc)

    5. A letter of support from the UCB faculty member or instructor for whose class the research paper or project was completed.

    Applicants must email the cover sheet, reflective essay, research project, and bibliography as attachments to an email addressed to prize@lists.berkeley.edu. When preparing your application package, please be sure that your files are named properly before sending.



    Instructions for the Letter of Support from Faculty

    Applicants should ask the supervising UCB faculty member or instructor for whose class the research paper or project was completed to fill out the faculty/instructor statement of support (Microsoft Word form). Instructors should save the completed form as a Microsoft Word document or PDF and by the deadline either email the completed form to prize@lists.berkeley.edu or send it through campus mail to

    Margaret Phillips,
    Chair, Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research
    Education/Psychology Library
    2600 Tolman Hall
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

    The Prize Committee will not solicit statements of support from instructors or send reminders. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that his or her application package is complete.



    Selection Criteria

    Submissions from lower-division students will be judged separately from those of upper-division students. All submissions will be judged based on how well they demonstrate the following:

    • Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in library research -- the use of library collections -- including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, primary sources, and materials in all media
    • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project in any media that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future
    • Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a habit of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.
    A panel composed of UC Berkeley faculty, librarians and other educators will judge entries on the evidence of the applicant's research strategy, process, and personal learning, as evinced in the paper and bibliography, and summarized in the reflective research essay. Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline.

    Confirmation

    Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of a completed application packet within two or three business days after receipt of all the materials. Applications are considered property of the Library. They cannot be returned.




    Dates to Remember
    • Applications accepted Monday, December 9, 2013 - Thursday, April 17, 2014
    • Winner Notification - May 5, 2014
    • Reception - Thursday, May 8, 2014, 4-6pm, Morrison Library


    Questions?

    See the FAQ page first. If you still have questions, email prize@lists.berkeley.edu
     

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