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Fall 2023

Undergraduate Research & Creative Events & Prizes

The University of Toronto Scarborough is committed to fostering the undergraduate experience. As part of this commitment, the UTSC Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation and the UTSC Library launched two successful initiatives in 2016 which continue to evolve and grow every year. 

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

More Information

UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Forum - Application deadline: February 14, 2023 11:59 PM EST (midnight)

UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Prize - Application deadline: March 31, 2023 12:00 PM EST (noon)

Patricia and Peter Shannon Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize - Application deadline: Sunday, April 16, 2023 11:59 PM EST (midnight)

Have questions?

Check out the links above for details, contact your liaison librarian, or join us at 1 of 2 drop-in info sessions in-person at the UTSC Library on January 31, 2023 10:30-11:30 AM EST and February 1, 2023 2:30-3:30 PM EST.

UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Forum

The UTSC Library and the Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation are proud sponsors of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Forum(URCF). The URCF gives talented UTSC students an opportunity to gain experience disseminating research, scholarship, and creative activities to an academic community and develop their presentation skills. The Forum also gives students a platform to share their experiences so that other UTSC students can learn more about the accomplishments and research or creative interests of their peers.


All currently enrolled UTSC undergraduate students from any major and all academic levels of study are eligible to present their work in one of two presentation streams: 

  • Creative Project
  • Research Project

All students must have faculty support to publicly present their research or creative project. 

Undergraduate research and creative activities being presented must have been pursued during the Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Winter 2023 semesters. 


The Forum focuses on knowledge translation, which refers to the translation of research findings into knowledge available to others beyond academia. In the context of a creative project this will involve the student describing their creative process to the audience in order to give the audience insights into the work of creative professionals. Information must be presented in accessible, non-technical, non-specialist language that can be understood by a layperson or non-specialist as well as by the expert. 

Application Process

  • Submit your work to one of the two presentation streams: 
    • Creative Project  
    • Research Project 
  • Complete the submission proposal form by the February 14, 2023 deadline.  
    • Abstracts and creative statements cannot exceed 300 words. Refer to the FAQs for additional guidance on what to include in the abstract and creative statement.  
  • Ask your faculty supervisor / instructor to complete the faculty support form in order to be eligible. 

Successful applicants will be contacted by end of day February 28, 2023.

The Forum

After a three year hiatus, the URCF is returning as an in-person event! The 2023 Forum will showcase the scholarship and creative activities of UTSC undergraduate students in-person on April 4, 2023.  

Each finalist's research poster or creative display will be available for viewing from 9am-5pm on April 4, 2023, with finalists on hand for 2 hours to present their work, answer questions and received feedback from fellow UTSC students, faculty, staff, librarians, family and friends. Digital facsimiles or posters, creative displays and/or presentation recordings will also be posted on the library website for viewing prior to and after the URCF.

Awards & Recognition

All finalists will receive a notation on their transcript as part of Co-Curricular Record program, an honourarium to recognize their research and creative excellence.

Finalists’ posters, displays, and/or presentation recordings will be posted to the UTSC Library website, with the invitation to have a digital version of their work permanently archived in TSpace.

Important Dates

  • Drop-in information sessions:
  • Proposal deadline: February 14, 2023 at 11:59pm EST - midnight (firm deadline) 
  • Finalists contacted: end of day February 28, 2023  
  • Finalists confirm participation: March 7, 2023 
  • Finalists skill building workshops and feedback sessions: March 2023 (dates to be confirmed)
  • Final submission deadline: March 27, 2023 12:00pm EST - noon
  • URCF: April 4, 2023 9:00am-5pm. Remarks, live presentations and Q&A with finalists (exact time to be confirmed).

More information

Contact your liaison librarian, review our Frequently Asked Questions or join us at 1 of 2 drop-in info sessions in-person at the UTSC Library on January 31, 2023 10:30-11:30 AM EST and February 1, 2023 2:30-3:30 PM EST.

If you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please advise Nina Adamo or the AccessAbility Services Office before the submission deadline.

UTSC Library Undergraduate Research & Creative Prize

The UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Prize honours UTSC students who have excelled in research, scholarship and creative activities in the classroom and beyond. This prize recognizes the research and creative activities of undergraduate students, their overall contribution to the University of Toronto Scarborough, and illustrates the role of the library in their creative and research processes. 

The project may take many forms such as a traditional paper, 2D or 3D works, a database, a website, digital project or creative project in its many manifestations, including projects that demonstrate a student's artistic expression such as painting, photography, poetry or a play.  

The UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Prize is a financial prize sponsored jointly by the UTSC Library and UTSC Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation. It is open to all students who are currently registered as UTSC undergraduate students and have completed their first year of study.  

Prize winning projects and/or recipients will be featured on the UTSC Library website and OVPRI 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; 
  • student is principal investigator or primary creator; 
  • individual or group research projects completed within the previous year (Spring 2021/Summer 2021, Fall 2021 or Winter 2022) 
  • participated in meaningful engagement with UTSC library resources and/or librarians (see below for template) 

Students cannot submit the same project as last year unless there are significant changes or advancements in the final outcome.  

Students may submit the same project to both the UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Poster Forum and UTSC Undergraduate Research & Creative Prize, however, they cannot simply submit the poster or creative display created for the Forum. 


The prizes(s) will be awarded primarily on the basis of the quality of the research or creative project and the illustration of the use of scholarly resources in the research process. The detailed judging rubric and additional information to follow. 

The Judging Committee shall consist of UTSC faculty members and representatives from the Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation. 

How to Apply

Please use the attached coversheet/checklist to help ensure that all the application components are included (in the correct order). Application for the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will be made by the undergraduate student and will consist of the following in a single PDF package in this order. 

  • Personal data (1 page) 
    • Full name 
    • UTSC department 
    • Current program 
    • Year of study 
    • Identify if you are applying for the Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities award 
  • Description of research or creative project using clear, non-specialist language (2 pages) 
  • Include also the wider implications of the project 
  • The applicant’s engagement in the research or creative process (1 page – see template – research strategy /creative process, includes sources/databases/guides/software used and why those resources were chosen, any dates/names of library research workshop, did you set up any consultation(s) with the library, if yes, with who? How this was helpful to you, what they learned) 
  • A signed reference letter on departmental letterhead from a U of T Scarborough faculty member or course instructor regarding the student's engagement in the research or creative process 
  • A copy of the submitted research assignment (e.g. paper, website, presentation) or creative project (e.g., zine, play, painting, photography). If the research assignment cannot be submitted in an electronic format (e.g. a video, music performance, artwork) please email Sarah Forbes 

Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file in the correct order to  

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: March 31, 2023 12:00 PM EST (noon)
  • Winners announced: End of May 2023
  • Prizes awarded: June 2023  


Up to 3 cash prizes of $1000 will be given out annually, one each for projects in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. The judges evaluate the projects on their quality and reserve the right to award prizes in one, two, or all three of these categories.

More information

Contact your liaison librarian or review our Frequently Asked Questionsor join us at 1 of 2 drop-in info sessions in-person at the UTSC Library on January 31, 2023 10:30-11:30 AM EST and February 1, 2023 2:30-3:30 PM EST.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities

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Have questions? Need additional information?

Check out the library website for details, contact your liaison librarian, or join us at 1 of 2 drop-in info sessions in-person at the UTSC Library on January 31, 2023 10:30-11:30 AM EST and February 1, 2023 2:30-3:30 PM EST.

Upcoming Deadline:

Undergraduate Research and Creative Forum submission deadline: February 14, 2023 at 11:59pm EST - midnight (firm deadline)