How to Apply
Students’ research may be in any academic subject or major at UC Davis.
Submissions will be considered from individuals or groups.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be currently enrolled, full-time UC Davis undergraduates at any class level and in any discipline. Graduate students and post-baccalaureates are not eligible.
- Have completed a creative work, empirical research or interpretive analysis paper for a credit course at UC Davis during one of the previous four quarters — spring, summer, fall or winter (Spring 2023-Winter 2024) — including study abroad.
- Winner or finalist agrees to provide the creative work, empirical research or interpretive analysis for public display in the UC Davis Library and/or online.
- Winner or finalist agrees to attend a reception at Shields Library where the winners will be honored.
- If you are, or ever have been, employed or currently employed at UC Davis, the submission must be unrelated to work performed during your employment.
Note: Prize/Award payments are generally subject to federal tax. California residents may be subject to state tax.
Start Date for Accepting Submissions
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Student Submission Deadline
Monday, April 1, 2024, at 11:00 p.m.
Instructor/Principal Investigator Support Due
Monday, April 1, 2024
Tuesday, April 2 — Friday, April 26, 2024
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Required Application Materials
Review the evaluation rubric to see how your submission will be scored by the judges
To complete the application, you will need to provide the following supporting documentation:
1. Your Research Paper or Creative Project
If the project is in a format that cannot be submitted electronically, such as an architectural model, CD, or DVD, please submit a document that provides a detailed description of the project in sufficient detail to allow its merits to be judged. If the project is online, please submit the URL.
Your project can be:
- Creative Works, including, but not limited to, an art installation, software program, musical composition, film or video, special project, etc.
- Empirical Research, including, but not limited to, collection, analysis, evaluation, integration of primary and secondary research, e.g., research articles and essays.
- Interpretive Analysis, including, but not limited to cultural/literary criticism, film analysis, historiographies, social criticism, etc.
Your paper or project must have been completed between Spring 2023-Winter 2024.
2. Reflective Essay
Describe your information research process, highlighting any methods and strategies you learned or developed to access the information you needed for your work. Describe the strategies you employed in your search for information to develop your work product. Your detailed description should identify the scope and nature of the information you needed, and how this informed your choice of search tools and information sources used. Describe any challenges you encountered in the search process, and how you addressed them. Describe how you evaluated the resources you found through your information research process, and decided which to reference in your work. In your reflection, it should be clear how your work makes use of existing scholarship to create something new. (Submit as Microsoft Word document or PDF)
Bibliography in a recognized style (e.g., APA, MLA), included for your paper or project.
4. Instructor or Principal Investigator Review
The scoring of your application will include an evaluation of the quality of your research effort and resulting work by the person overseeing your work, such as the instructor of the course in which the work was created or principal investigator for the research project. The form for submitting an Instructor Review is linked below. It is your responsibility to request a review from your instructor or principal investigator well in advance of the deadline. As a courtesy, when you upload your complete application online, a reminder email will be sent to the person named in your application. However, you should notify this person well in advance of the deadline.