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University Libraries Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Awards

Calvert Award winners for 2014

2014 Award winners: From left, Dean Patricia Iannuzzi, Brittany Radke, Matthew Buyachek, Christina Miskey, Robin Gonzales and Associate Dean Jennifer Fabbi.

Recognizing undergraduate students who demonstrate sophistication and originality in research projects. Up to four prizes will be awarded in two categories: Seniors will be eligible for a $1000 prize; freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be eligible for a $750 prize.

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Information on the 2015 Calvert Award for Undergraduate Research will be available in early September.

Required Elements

Please note: applications become property of the University Libraries. They will not be returned.

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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 summer or fall terms 2013 or spring semester 2014.
  • 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 based on how well they demonstrate the following:

  • Sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections, including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, primary resources, 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 in any media that shows originality and/or has the potential to lead to original research in the future
  • 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. Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant's class year and the requirements of the discipline.

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 University Libraries Lance and Elena Calvert Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that incorporate the use of University Libraries' collections and demonstrate sophisticated information literacy skills on the part of the undergraduate researcher. The award review committee considers the product of the research, but focuses on the research process: the demonstration of library research skills, adept use of library resources, and reflection upon the strategies utilized to investigate a research problem. Winners receive a cash prize and public recognition of their excellent work.

Past Winners