La Sierra University
Library Undergraduate Research Prize
What is it?
In order to promote academic research and scholarship, the Library Undergraduate
Research Prize awards cash prizes to students who utilize the library
while working on a required research paper. The paper can be for any class,
as long as the paper meets the guidelines below. To be eligible, the student
must work with a librarian while writing their paper, and then submit
the graded paper and required forms before the deadline.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
The prizes will be awarded during La
Sierra University's Research Week. In addition to the possibility of winning a cash prize, participants will benefit from:
- Striving for excellence in an important academic activity.
- Learning about the library's many resources.
- Working collaboratively with teaching faculty and librarians on research
- Having the winning entries displayed on the library's Winners Page
Previous winners can be seen on our LURP
The research paper and all required forms must be submitted by April 15, 2013.
The following guidelines must be adhered to:
- Applicants must be La Sierra University students in good standing.
All undergraduate class levels and majors are eligible to participate.
- There may be only one submission per applicant.
- A submitted paper must be the work of a single individual.
- The paper must have been assigned for a class at LSU, completed, and
graded by the course instructor. Drafts are not acceptable.
- A librarian must be consulted at least once early in the research
process. Additional visits are welcome!
- Papers are eligible that were completed in the spring quarter of the
previous year, or the fall and winter quarters of the current year.
- The paper should be 7-10 pages, include works cited or a bibliography,
be double spaced in Times New Roman 12 (or the equivalent), and have
a title; pages should be numbered.
- The paper should demonstrate a good knowledge of its subject, and
include theoretical connections (if appropriate).
- The paper should be written in the approved style (Chicago, MLA, APA,
etc.), designated in the assignment.
- The paper should have an easily identifiable and developed thesis,
display critical thinking, argue logically, and integrated quoted material
- Mechanics (sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, etc.) should
conform to accepted academic practice.
When your instructor assigns a research paper that will require the
use of library resources:
- Meet with a Reference Librarian to develop your Research
The librarian will suggest and help you find valuable resources to use
for your paper, as well as give you advice on how to proceed.
- As you work on your paper, update your Research Process Statement.
You may visit with the librarian as many times as you wish for additional
- When you submit your paper for your class, include a Faculty Recommendation
Form. Your instructor will fill in the form, and return it to you in a sealed envelope along with your graded paper.
- Ask one of the librarians who helped you to fill out a Librarian
Recommendation Form. The librarian
will return the form to you in a sealed envelope.
- Fill out a Student Submission
- Gather the 4 required forms, plus your graded paper, and submit them,
all-at-once, to a reference librarian.
What to Submit
Gather all of the following, and submit them, all at once, by April 15, 2013, to a reference librarian:
- Your completed Research
- Your completed and sealed Faculty
- Your completed and sealed Librarian
- Your completed Student Submission
- Your graded research paper (or a copy, including instructor's comments
judged by the LURP Committee, comprised of a student, librarians and teaching
faculty from a variety of disciplines. The LURP Committee considers the following criteria when judging submissions:
- Quality of the paper.
- Joint student/librarian assessment of their interactions with each
other that resulted in a successful and rigorous research project.
- Librarian's assessment of the appropriate use of library resources
(reflected in the essay bibliography and process statement).
- Instructor's assessment of the paper's content.
- Completeness and quality of the process statement.