The UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize honours UTSC students who have excelled in research, scholarship and creative activities in the classroom and beyond. This prize will recognize the research and creative activities of undergraduate students, their overall contribution to the University of Toronto Scarborough, and illustrate the role of the library in the research process. The project may take the form of a traditional paper, a database, a website, digital project or creative expression.
The UTSC Undergraduate Student Research Prize is a financial prize sponsored jointly by the UTSC Library and UTSC Research Office. It is open to all students who are currently identified on ROSI as UTSC students and have completed their first year of study.
Recipients of the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will be recognized at the UTSC annual faculty/staff Celebration of Distinguished Services in June. Prize winning projects and recipients will also be featured on the UTSC Library website/VPR website and invited to be archived on TSpace.
The prize is open to all undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:
- currently enrolled at UTSC;
- completed their first year of study (completion of 3.5 credits)
- student is principal investigator;
- individual or group research projects completed within the previous year (Spring 2016/Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or Winter 2017)
- participated in meaningful engagement with their Liaison Librarian (for example active participation in course research workshops or in-depth research consultations)
What are students being judged on?
The prizes(s) will be awarded on the basis of the quality of the research project(s) and the illustration of the use of scholarly resources in the research process. An evaluation rubric will be posted soon.
The Judging Committee shall consist of UTSC faculty members, librarians, and the Vice-Principal, Research and Chief Librarian, who will act as Committee Co-Chairs.
How to Apply
Application for the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will be made by the undergraduate student and will consist of the following:
- Personal data - Full name, UTSC department, current program, unofficial transcript, dates of library research workshop/consultation(s)
- 1 page (maximum) description of research project using in clear, non-specialist language such that a general scholarly audience can understand the research, and include the wide implications of the project; note other research accomplishments.
- Signed reference letter on departmental letterhead from a U of T Scarborough faculty member and a statement by a librarian familiar with the applicant's regarding the student's engagement in the research process as applicable (e.g. conceptualization of research design, execution of research, data collection, interpretation of data, etc.).
Applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format to the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research c/o Valeria Guido-Taylor (email@example.com). Reference letters in PDF format may be submitted by the faculty member and the librarian directly to Valeria Guido-Taylor.
March 31, 2017, 11:59pm EDT Application deadline
Mid-May 2017 Winners announced
June 2017 Prizes awarded
When deemed appropriate, up to 3 cash prizes of $1000 will be given out annually, one each for Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences; but three in a single category are permitted.