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University Libraries Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Awards

The Calvert Award recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate sophistication and originality in research projects. Up to five prizes will be awarded in three categories: Emerging Scholars with a $750 prize, Advanced Undergraduate and Creative Works with a $1000 prize.

2017 Calvert Award Winners

Libraries Dean Maggie Farrell, Head of Educational Initiatives Melissa Bowles-Terry, and Educational Initiatives Librarian Kate Wintrol stand with the 2018 Calvert Award winners.

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The deadline for submitting applications is April 24, 2019, at 5pm.

Required Elements

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Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a UNLV undergraduate student at the time of project completion.
  • Have completed the research project under consideration for a credit course at UNLV during the most recent summer, fall, or spring semester.
  • Agree to contribute to a display of their research during the year following receipt of the prize.

Project length will be dictated by the course instructor or project advisor who supports the application.
Projects by individual or groups in all formats are eligible including:

  • Research paper or thesis
  • Design portfolio
  • Theater designs
  • Fine arts performance (dance, music, etc. captured on CD or DVD) accompanied by program notes
  • Creative work (writing, art in any format)
  • Film
  • Digital media
  • Poster Presentation

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Submissions will be judged on how well applicants demonstrate the following:

  • Sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth and breadth in the use of library collections, for example books and printed materials, databases, primary sources and materials in all media.
  • Exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate and synthesize library resources and to use them in the creation of a project that shows originality.
  • Evidence of developing an understanding of the processes of research and inquiry.

 A panel composed of faculty, librarians, students and staff will judge entries using this rubric describing the criteria named above.

About the University Libraries Lance and Elena Calvert Award for Undergraduate Research

With the support of a generous endowment from Lance and Elena Calvert, the Universities Lance and Elena Calvert Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that incorporate the use University Libraries’ collections and demonstrate sophisticated information literacy skills. The judges mainly focus on the research process: the demonstration of library research skills, adept use of library resources and reflection upon the strategies used to investigate a research problem. Winners receive a cash prize and public recognition of their excellent work.

Past Winners