To further support undergraduate research at Santa Clara University, the University Library in 2018 began offering two annual research awards. These awards honor students who demonstrate exemplary research skills and creativity through the comprehensive use of library and information resources to produce a scholarly work or class project of high quality. The project may be in any format or medium (as long as it involves research), such as a research paper, multimedia presentation, web site, fieldwork report, laboratory research project, etc. Both individual and group projects are eligible for the award.
A committee of faculty members and librarians evaluates entries on the evidence of the applicant's research strategy, process, and personal learning as demonstrated in the submitted project, summarized in a reflective essay describing the research process, exhibited in a bibliography, and supported by a faculty letter of recommendation. Each winner is awarded a $1,000 monetary prize along with a plaque recognizing the individual’s accomplishment. This collection includes projects by the winning authors and other finalists for the award.
Submissions from 2021
Effect of Social Isolation on Seizure Susceptibility through GABA-ergic Mechanisms, Will Chesner, Kaitlyn Twadell, Elise Pham, and Sydney Wright
The Federal Neglect of the Indian Health Service: Root Causes of Inadequate Health Systems for Native Americans and Recommendations for Future Action, Abby Roubal
Submissions from 2019
The Development of CERVIS: Cervical cancer Early Response Visual Identification System, Nicola Gerbino, Dave Heil, Claire Hultquist, Julia Lanoha, Rosie McDonagh, Hallie Mcnamara, and Mason Seeley
Creating Low-carbon Communities: Evaluating the Role of Individual Agency and Systemic Inequality in San Jose, CA, Erin Jessica Ronald
Medicine Infected by Politics: The American Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934, Cooper Scherr
Lying or Belying: Dreams in "The Tempest", Brandon Schultz
Managing Madness: The ethics of identifying and treating mental illness, Mason Seely
Submissions from 2018
Engineering a Molecular Missile for Pancreatic Cancer Detection: Vector Design, Sophia Castillo and Zhiwen Zhang
Good Catholic, Bad Catholic: Emil Antonucci, Vito Acconci, and the Incarnational Conscious, Ciaran Freeman