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Library Undergraduate Research Award: About the Award

LURA News

The deadline for 2017 LURA submissions has now passed and the submission form is closed. Thank you to all who submitted applications this year. The LURA Committee is currently reviewing materials. Winners will be notified on April 21, 2017!

About the Award

The Fourth 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 6 award categories:

  1. First-year ($500)
  2. Sophomore ($500)
  3. Junior ($500)
  4. Senior ($500)
  5. Seymour music (funded through the endowment of John Laurence Seymour) ($500)
  6. 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. Talk with financial aid officers on your campus if you have concerns. 

How to Apply

  1. Review Evaluation Criteria 
  2. Complete the online application
    • Upload the 500-1000 word reflective essay describing your research process. Group members must also upload an individual statement (up to 250 words)
    • Upload the final or draft version of the research project (the more complete your project, the better) or provide a link to the project
    • Upload a bibliography of sources referenced and/or consulted
  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: libraryresearchaward@cuc.claremont.edu

Eligibility and Submission Criteria

  • All students currently enrolled at any of the undergraduate Claremont Colleges are eligible
  • The research project must have:
    • utilized library resources, services and/or staff
    • been undertaken as part of a course or as faculty-sponsored non-course research offered at the Claremont Colleges
    • been completed between Spring 2016 - Spring 2017
  • Research projects may be in any format or medium
    • Written projects should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document
    • 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
  • Award winners agree to attend the award ceremony with their faculty sponsor to present their projects

Dates to Remember

Applications and materials due: 
Monday, April 3, 2017

Winners notified:
Friday, April 21, 2017

Award Ceremony:
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Previous Award Winners

The reflective essays and research projects of past winners are available to view in Scholarship@Claremont.

Claremont Colleges Library