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Library Undergraduate Research Award (LURA)

About the Award

The Seventh Annual Library Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) recognizes students who demonstrate exemplary research and scholarship, including remarkable skill and creativity in the use of library and information resources. 

There are 7 award categories:

  • First-year ($500)
  • Sophomore ($500)
  • Junior ($500)
  • Senior ($750)
  • Music (funded through the endowment of John Laurence Seymour) ($500)
  • Fine Arts ($500)
  • Group ($1000, divided among members)

Awards will be given in each category only if merited. The award will be given as a cash prize and may affect your financial aid. Please talk with financial aid office on your campus if you have concerns. 

Dates to Remember

Applications and materials due: Sunday, 2/2/2020, 11:59pm

Winners notified: Monday, 2/24/2020

Award Ceremony: Thursday, 3/5/2020

Steps to Apply

  1. Review the Evaluation Criteria 
  2. Complete the online application 
    • Upload a single PDF document that includes the following in this order: 
      • The 500-1000 word reflective essay describing your research process. Group members must also upload an individual statement (up to 250 words).
      • The final or draft version of the research project (the more complete your project, the better) or provide a link to the project.
      • The bibliography of sources referenced and/or consulted.
      • Instructions: how to combine documents into a single PDF file   
  3. Confirm that you have sent the faculty statement of support form to be completed by the professor who taught the course or sponsored the project.
  4. If you need to submit a revised version of your project at a later date, email it to:  
  • Seniors may submit the most complete version of their theses by the deadline, and then resubmit the final version once completed

If you need any help or have questions about the process please email

Eligibility and Submission Criteria

All students enrolled at any of the undergraduate Claremont Colleges during the project completion dates listed below are eligible to apply for the LURA.

Eligible research projects must:

  • utilize library resources, services and/or staff
  • be undertaken as part of a course or as faculty-sponsored non-course research offered at the Claremont Colleges
  • be completed between summer 2019 - spring 2020

Research projects may be in any format or medium

  • Written projects should be submitted as a single PDF document (combine all elements)
  • Other projects: digital projects, performances, etc. can be submitted as a link or attachment in the application form

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered

Individuals and groups must agree to confer a limited license to the Claremont Colleges Library and to Scholarship@Claremont in order to publish and make both the reflective essays and research projects publicly available on the library website. Projects which are part of a faculty research project may be granted a temporary embargo

Award winners agree to attend the award ceremony with their faculty sponsor to present their projects