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Claremont Colleges Library Undergraduate Research Award: About the Award


Submissions for 2015 Are Now Closed

Thank you to all the students who submitted work for consideration. We hope you will attend the Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 6, at 5:30pm, in the Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room.

Submission Requirements

You must submit all 4 parts of the application by the submission deadline (March 30, 2015).

  • Reflective Essay
  • Faculty Statement of Support (on the correct form)
  • Research product (paper, presentation, artwork, performance, etc.)
  • Bibliography (If the research product is a paper, the bibliography may be included as a part of that paper.)

Claremont Colleges Library Undergraduate Research Award

The Claremont Colleges Library Undergraduate Research Award recognizes the importance of the scholar's research journey from initial idea to final destination. Through this student competition, we celebrate the undergraduate research process. We want to hear from undergraduates in all disciplines about a research journey that has culminated in either a research paper or a research-based project (performance, presentation, poster, exhibition, or other format besides a traditional research paper).


The application deadline is midnight on Monday, March 30.


Winners will be honored at an award ceremony and reception on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 6, in Honnold/Mudd Library. Winning work will be showcased in the Honnold/Mudd Library and online in Scholarship@Claremont: Undergraduate Research Award, communicating the high quality of Claremont undergraduate scholarship worldwide.


We welcome submissions in five categories:

  • First-year students
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Groups

We will accept submissions produced for a credit course or for independent research undertaken with a faculty sponsor/mentor during the Spring, Summer, or Fall of 2014, or Spring 2015. Completed applications are due by midnight on Monday, March 30. If the application includes a research project which is a work-in-progress such as a senior thesis, a draft may be submitted by the March 30 due date. Winners will be asked to submit the work in final form by Wednesday, April 29.


Winners will be notified on Monday, April 27.


Explore the tabs of this guide for information about eligibility, how to apply, submission guidelines, and more.


For more information:


See winning submissions from previous years in Scholarship@Claremont.

Award Timeline

Applications due: Monday, March 30, 2015

Winners notified: Monday, April 27, 2015

Winners' research projects due in final form: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Award Ceremony: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What Do We Mean by "Research"?

This award defines research as investigation into scholarship on a topic that allows you, the researcher, to become familiar with and enter into the scholarly conversation(s) on the topic of your research. If your project focuses on lab experiments or data gathering and analysis, your Reflective Essay might discuss your research into the current state of scholarship on your topic and how that research led you to your hypothesis, methodology, etc.

For more information see Tips for Writing the Reflective Essay and the FAQ.