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FAQs - Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

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Is it ok to submit a draft of my project or paper? My project won't be finished by the deadline.

You may submit a draft version of your project. The library research process is the primary focus of the Library Prize, and the essay describing your research strategy and process is an important part of your application. However, for the purposes of judging, the more complete a project is, the better.

Why is the deadline so early in the semester?

The deadline allows judges two weeks before the end of the semester to select winning submissions, and it allows faculty members to participate in the judging before their heavy, end-of-semester workload begins. Work in progress is acceptable.

The faculty member who knows the most about my research is not the instructor for my class. Must the "supporting faculty member" be the class instructor?

Yes. However, you may also include a second letter from the person who you feel knows the most about your research.

My project was written in a foreign language. Do I need to translate it to apply?

No. The required 500-750 word essay describing your research strategies must be written in English, but your project itself can be submitted in its original language. An abstract or summary in English might be helpful, but is not required.


Is my honors thesis eligible?


My project is longer/shorter than the recommended length recommended. Is it still eligible for the Prize?

The length recommendations are guidelines, not strict requirements. Nevertheless, if your paper differs substantially from the recommendations, email prize@lists.berkeley.edu

Are team projects eligible?

Yes. Teams should submit a single application for their project. All team members should contribute and all must be eligible Berkeley undergraduates. If a team project wins, the award will be split equally among the team members.

My project was completed for a course that took place before the semesters indicated under Eligibility. Can you make an exception and consider my project for this year's Prize?

No. Projects must be completed during eligible semesters.

I dropped the class, but did the research and completed my project. Is my project eligible?

No. You must have received, or be in the process of getting, credit for the class in order to be eligible for the Prize.

I haven't completed the course for which the project was done. Is my project eligible?

Situations vary. Please contact the chair of the Prize Committee with details (prize@lists.berkeley.edu.)

I'm an undergraduate, but I completed my project for a graduate class. May I apply for the Prize?


I've graduated from Berkeley but completed my research project during the semesters indicated under Eligibility. Is my project eligible for the Prize?

If you graduated no more than one semester after completing your project, and meet all other eligibility requirements, your project is eligible.

I'm conducting my research as part of an Undergraduate Research Program. Is this research eligible for the Prize?

Situations vary. In general, if you enrolled in a course to earn credit for your participation, then your research project is eligible. Please contact the chair of the Prize Committee with details (prize@lists.berkeley.edu.)

I'm not a Berkeley undergraduate, but I'm studying here as part of a Special Registration Program (e.g., cross-registration, education abroad, exchange scholars, intercampus exchange). Am I eligible to apply?

No. Applicants must be Berkeley undergraduates who have been officially admitted to the University.

Are projects done for DeCal classes eligible?

Yes, as long as submissions include both a letter from the sponsoring faculty member and the student facilitator.

Lower and Upper Division Categories

Will lower-division submissions be compared to upper-division submissions?

No. Lower-division submissions are judged only in comparison to other lower-division submissions. Upper-division submissions are judged only in comparison to other upper-division submissions.

Why are lower division papers that were completed the previous Spring eligible, but not upper division papers?

Accepting lower division papers from the previous Spring allows the prize committee to look at a year’s worth of papers rather than just one semester. Many upper division papers, however, are part of a thesis project that have been written over the course of a year and are close to completion by the April prize deadline.

I'm a senior taking a sophomore class. May I enter for a lower-division prize?

No. Upper-division students must enter in the upper-division category; lower-division students must enter in the lower-division category.


Could winning this Prize affect my financial aid?

Federal financial aid regulations require that all awards received by a student not exceed their financial aid need as determined by a Congressional formula. It is possible, therefore, that the cash award for a Prize could reduce some component of a student's package of financial aid awards. In these cases, the Financial Aid Office attempts first to reduce loan or work aid; fellowships, grants or scholarships are only reduced as a last resort. For more information, please contact the Prizes Office or visit the Prizes Office website.


I'm a Prize winner (or honorable mention) from a past year, and I have updated and changed the conclusions in my research project since it was posted on eScholarship. Could you post my updated project and take down my old one?

Yes and no. Your updated project may be posted, but the original, Prize-winning project will also stay posted on eScholarship. When submitting the cover form, the applicant agrees that the application (including the project) is preserved in the University Archives.


Still have unanswered questions? Please e-mail prize@lists.berkeley.edu.