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Purpose of Award

The proliferation of electronic information has made research a much more complex process than in the past.  At the University of Redlands, students have available to them sources in paper and microfilm, electronically available through subscription databases and journals, as well as freely available on the open Web.  Because so much information is available, evaluating sources of information takes increasingly more time and effort. 

This award was established to reward those students who demonstrate thoughtfulness and creativity in their approach to research and whose work exhibits excellence in critical thinking.

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Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

The quality of the project and essay will be evaluated using the following criteria:

• Clearly stated research question.

• Creativity and/or uniqueness of research project.

• Clear explanation of significance of research.

• Writing clarity and organization of project.

• Balance between quality and quantity of library resources about the topic, such as, books, reference material, and journal articles.

• Evidence that the project has been developed through the synthesis of a variety of library resources.

• Making responsible use of information by providing appropriate and accurate citations using a citation manual, e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago or Turabian.

• Show evidence of significant personal growth in the methods of research and inquiry.

*In the event the Selection Committee determines that no research project meets the criteria outlined above, there will be no award given for that year. 

Use the rubric attached below and this guide to writing the research strategy essay to guide your application process.

ALURA Winning Projects

  • ALURA on InSPIRe@Redlands
    The work of the Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award recipients is collected in our online institutional repository, InSPIRe@Redlands.

2013 Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award Recipient

Alexander Bollella's paper titled "Bridging the Divide: A Comparative Analysis of the Feminist Movement in Turkey and the United States” synthesized a broad range of scholarship from multiple disciplines, and her research strategy essay reflected her evolution as a scholar in relation to self awareness of her own positionality and her recognition that feminist research "hides" in multiple disciplines, and perhaps hides more deeply in non-U.S. scholarship. Her faculty sponsor was Dr. Pat Wasielewski, Sociology & Anthropology department. Congratulations! (Pictured above with her faculty sponsor Dr. Pat Wasielewski.)


Undergraduate Research Award: Eligibility & Guidelines

Amount: TBD (In previous years a single award of $500.00)


  • Be a current University of Redlands undergraduate student (in any class or discipline).
  • Eligible projects must have been completed (or begun in the case of theses projects) for a University of Redlands credit course during the prior calendar year (e.g. for the 2014 award, eligible projects are those completed or begun during Spring term 2013, May term 2013, or Fall term 2013 or earlier).  Papers and projects can be significantly revised.
  • Projects must be accompanied by a letter of support from the faculty member who taught the course for which the paper/project was produced.
  • All application materials will remain the property of the Library. Winning papers/projects will become a part of the Library collection.

Application Requirements and Procedure

Application will consist of:

  • Application cover sheet
  • Letter/email of support from supervising instructor.
  • Research strategy essay (750-1000 words) describing research process (including changes in the way student approached searching for information, new tools and resources discovered, interaction with reference librarians, use of interlibrary loan, and how sources were evaluated for credibility and relevance).
  • Final version of research paper/project, including bibliography/reference list/ works cited.

Deadline for submission: March 14, 2014.

Application materials become the property of Armacost Library and will not be returned.

When preparing your application package, please DO NOT use staples or put papers in 3-ring binders.  Use paper clips, envelopes, or folders.

Submit the complete application package to:

Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award Committee
c/o Shana Higgins
Armacost Library
1249 E. Colton Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374

Award recipient and faculty sponsor will be honored at a reception held in the Library (Wednesday, April 16, 4-5:30pm) and at Honors Convocation.  


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