UTSC Library Undergraduate Research Prize

The UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize honours UTSC students who have excelled in research, scholarship and creative activities in the classroom and beyond. This prize will recognize the research and creative activities of undergraduate students, their overall contribution to the University of Toronto Scarborough, and illustrate the role of the library in the research process. The project may take many forms such as a traditional paper, a database, a website, digital project or creative expression. 

The UTSC Undergraduate Student Research Prize is a financial prize sponsored jointly by the UTSC Library and UTSC Research Office. It is open to all students who are currently identified as UTSC students and have completed their first year of study. 

Recipients of the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will be recognized at the UTSC annual faculty/staff Celebration of Distinguished Services in June. Prize winning projects and/or recipients will also be featured on the UTSC Library website and OVPR website and invited to be archived on TSpace.



    The prize is open to all undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

    • currently enrolled at UTSC;
    • completed their first year of study (completion of 3.5 credits)
    • student is principal investigator;
    • individual or group research projects completed within the previous year (Spring 2017/Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018)
    • participated in meaningful engagement with their Liaison Librarian (for example active participation in course research workshops or in depth research consultations)


    What are students being judged on? 

    The prizes(s) will be awarded primarily on the basis of the quality of the research project(s) and the illustration of the use of scholarly resources in the research process. Please refer to the detailed judging rubric for additional information.

    The Judging Committee shall consist of UTSC faculty members, librarians, and representatives of the Offices of the Vice-Principal, Research and Office of the Chief Librarian, who will act as Committee Co-Chairs.

    How to Apply

    Application for the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will be made by the undergraduate student and will consist of the following:

    • Personal data - Full name, UTSC department, current program, unofficial transcript, dates of library research workshop/consultation(s)
    • 2 page description of research project using clear, non-specialist language such that a general scholarly audience can understand the research, and include the wide implications of the project; note other research accomplishments.
    • A copy of your submitted research assignment (e.g. paper, website, presentation). If your research assignment cannot be submitted in an electronic format (e.g. a video, music performance, artwork) please email Sarah Guay, sarah.guay@utoronto.ca.
    • A statement by a librarian familiar with the applicant regarding the student's engagement in the research process (e.g. active participation in course research workshops or in depth research consultations).
    • Signed reference letter on departmental letterhead from a U of T Scarborough faculty member regarding the student's engagement in the research process as applicable (e.g. conceptualization of research design, execution of research, data collection, interpretation of data, etc.).
      • Support letters may be submitted up to 7 days after the application deadline; however, your submission must include confirmation from a faculty member and librarian that they will be supporting your application.

    Applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca. Reference letters in PDF format may be submitted by the faculty member and the librarian directly to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca up to 7 days after the application deadline.

    April 10, 2018, 11:59pm EDT -- Application deadline
    End of May/Early June 2018 -- Winners announced
    June 2018 -- Prizes awarded


    When deemed appropriate, up to 3 cash prizes of $1000 will be given out annually, one each for Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences; but three in a single category are permitted.

    More information

    Contact your Liaison Librarian or review our Frequently Asked Questions.