Frequently Asked Questions
What is the deadline for applications?
The 2013 application deadline is Friday, March 22.
How do I submit an application?
See the application procedure.
Can I see examples of projects that have won in previous years?
Yes. Examples of prize-winning essays are available online.
Are team projects eligible?
Yes. Teams should submit a single application for their project; all team members should contribute. If a team wins, the prize money will be split evenly among the team members.
Is an honors thesis eligible?
Does it have to be a research paper?
No, the committee will accept projects in other formats. The committee will focus on the use of library resources and the research process, so formats can vary.
I won't finish my project by the prize deadline. Are drafts of papers/projects acceptable?
Yes, you may submit a draft version of your paper or project. However, try to submit as complete a project as possible, and make sure that the essay accurately reflects the entire research process. For the purposes of judging, the more complete a project is, the better.
Who are the judges for the prize?
The selection committee is composed of UCLA faculty members, librarians, and a peer reviewer; University Librarian Gary E. Strong is the honorary chair.
My paper/project was completed for a course that took place before Spring Quarter 2012. Can I still apply for the prize?
No, only submissions involving papers or projects done for UCLA courses taken during Spring Quarter 2012 or after will be accepted.
I am not a UCLA student, but I took a course at UCLA toward the completion of my degree at my home university. Can I still apply?
No, only registered UCLA students are eligible for this prize; see the eligibility requirements for further details.
I have my bachelor's degree but am taking undergraduate courses at UCLA. Am I eligible to enter?
No, you are considered to have post-baccalaureate status if you have already received a bachelor's degree and are therefore ineligible for this prize; see the eligibility requirements for further details.
I graduated from UCLA but completed my research project during the quarters indicated under eligibility. Can I still apply?
No. Because the award must be processed through the financial aid office, you must currently be a registered UCLA student to apply; see the eligibility requirements for further details.
The faculty member who knows the most about my research was not the instructor for my class. Whose letter should I include?
The application must include a letter from the class instructor, but you can submit an additional letter from someone who knows your research.
My project was written in a foreign language. Do I need to translate it to apply?
No. The essay describing your research strategies must be written in English, but the project itself can be submitted in its original language. However, an abstract or summary in English might be helpful to include.
Is work during a study-abroad program eligible?
Yes, if you were enrolled at UCLA at the time.
If you have further questions, email the prize committee at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.