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French Resources @ UTSC

A guide to assist UTSC students in French to find and use library resources needed to successfully complete their course work.

Undergraduate Research Events & Prizes

The University of Toronto is well-known for its dynamic research environment, and U of T Scarborough is committed to fostering opportunities for undergraduate research experiences. As part of this commitment, the UTSC Office of the Vice-Principal Research and the UTSC Library launched two research initiatives in 2016: the UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum and the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize. A third opportunity for recognition exists through the U of T Library System's Research Prize.

Each program provides an opportunity for students who have excelled in research, scholarship and creative activities to showcase their research and win cash prizes.

More Information

UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum - Application deadline: February 28, 2017

UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize - Application deadline: March 31, 2017

University of Toronto Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize - Application deadline: TBD

UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum

The UTSC Library and the Office of the Vice-Principal Research launched an Undergraduate Research Poster Forum to showcase the significant contributions of talented UTSC undergraduates to scholarly activities conducted at U of T Scarborough and around the world and promote intellectual exchange. The forum is a competitive, adjudicated event to give students an opportunity to gain experience disseminating research, scholarship, and creative activities to an academic community, share their research experience with peers and develop presentation skills. The forum provides the perfect opportunity for students interested in becoming involved in research to learn more about what other students have already done.


The forum is appropriate for all UTSC undergraduate students who:

  1. Are in the latter or final stages of a research or creative project,

  2. Have at least preliminary results to report, and/or

  3. Are ready to publicly present their research or creative project in a juried setting.


What are Students Being Judged on?

Students are invited to submit proposals that demonstrate research that addresses issues of local, national and global importance, and that connect with the University of Toronto’s Strategic Research Plan

The panel of judges will evaluate each poster presentation based on students’ presentation of their work, based on the evaluation criteria: content; accuracy; aesthetics; references; clarity; and grammar. A detailed judging rubric will be posted online soon. Students should be prepared to explain their poster to a judge who is not familiar with their field and equally to one who may be an expert. 

Application Process

Students will submit an online poster proposal submission that includes a short description of their topic and a 250-300 word abstract of their work, together with a reference letter from a faculty member. Twenty-four proposals will be selected from among the submissions for the research poster forum, which will take place in the UTSC Library. To prepare for the forum, these 24 students will also be invited to participate in a research skills and poster workshop. 

Students should complete the Library's online submission form, together with a faculty letter of support. From these submissions a total of 24 final candidates will be selected by a panel comprised of faculty, liaison librarians and library staff. 

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017

Research Skills Drop-ins: TBD, Library Instruction Lab (AC286a).

Final Poster Presenters contacted: March 7, 2017

Research Poster Forum:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 1-3:30pm in the UTSC Library Reading Room.

Students are also encouraged to participate in presentation skills workshops offered throughout the term by CTL, and to work with their liaison librarians


Cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners, who will also be invited to have a digital version of their poster available in TSpace

All 24 final participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and will receive a notation on their transcript as part of Co-Curricular Record program.  

Prizes are jointly funded by the UTSC Library and the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research.

More Information

Contact your Liaison Librarian or review our Frequently Asked Questions.

UTSC Library Undergraduate Research Prize

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 ( Reference letters in PDF format may be submitted by the faculty member and the librarian directly to Valeria Guido-Taylor.

Important Dates

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.

More Information

Contact your Liaison Librarian or review our Frequently Asked Questions.