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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:

  1. First-year ($500)
  2. Sophomore ($500)
  3. Junior ($500)
  4. Senior ($750)
  5. Music (funded through the endowment of John Laurence Seymour) ($500)
  6. Data visualization ($500)
  7. 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

How to Apply

  1. Review 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.
      • The Reflective Topic Concept Map that illustrates the development of your research ideas and connection points with library resources. Winners will be asked to present them at the award ceremony.
      • Instructionshow 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 can submit the most complete version of their theses by the deadline, and then resubmit the final version once completed
  5. 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 date requirements listed below 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 summer 2018 - spring 2019
  • 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 unless it is part of a faculty research project, and then a temporary embargo may be granted.
  • Award winners agree to attend the award ceremony with their faculty sponsor to present their projects
  • Award winners agree to present a Reflective Topic Concept Map of their research project at the awards ceremony