Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 winners!!!

Garima Shah - Neuroscience ($1000)

  • Measuring balance confidence after spinal cord injury: The validity and reliability of the Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale

Monica Shah and Abdulwahab Sidiqi - Centre for French and Linguistics ($1000)

  • What do you hear? An investigation of word bias in speech perception

Janessa Tam - Centre for French and Linguistics ($1000)

  • Language switch costs in code-mixed Latin-Chinese sentences


Who is eligible?

The UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize is open to all UTSC students currently identified as having completed their first year of study. Students must be the principal investigator.

Assignments or research projects must have been completed during the Spring 2017/Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018 terms.

Applicants must illustrate the use of scholarly resources essential to the research process and demonstrate meaningful engagement with the Liaison Librarian for their discipline. For example, students may show evidence of active participation in course research workshops or in-depth research consultations.

Are part-time students eligible?

Yes. Prize eligibility is determined based on the number of credits a student has completed, not full or part-time status.

What is the submission deadline?

The deadline for submission to the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize is April 10, 2018 11:39pm EDT. 

How many awards will be given?

The UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize offers up to three prizes of $1,000 each, one each for Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences, however three awards in a single category is permitted.

When are prize winners notified?

All applicants for the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will be notified by end of May/early June.

How will recipients be recognized?

Recipients of the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will have the option for UTSC Library post their submission on TSpace, the University's institutional repository. Prize-winners and their projects may also be featured on the UTSC Library and VPR website. Students will also receive a Certificate of Achievement.

What are the criteria for judging the entries?

The UTSC Undergraduate Research Award is given on the basis of the quality of the research project. Additional details will posted on the library website. The entry must be complete and include the description of the research project; a signed reference letter from a faculty member; and a signed statement by a liaison librarian.

Who are the judges?

The Judging Committee for the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will consist of UTSC faculty members and librarians. The representatives from the Offices of the Vice-Principal-Research and the Chief Librarian will chair the committee.

Are group assignments or projects eligible?

Yes. Groups or teams may participate in the prize competition. However, all group members that contributed to the assignment must be listed, and the prize money will be divided equally among all group members.

May I submit multiple applications for the prize?

UTSC students may submit applications for both the UTSC and UTL Undergraduate Research Prizes. Students may submit only one individual application for the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize, however they may also submit as a member of a group assignment application. They may also submit an application for the UTSC Undergraduate Research Forum

May I submit the same research or creative project to the UTSC Research Poster Forum and University of Toronto Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize?

No. UTSC students cannot submit the same assignment to both the UTL Undergraduate Research Prize and the UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum and Prize.

However, UTSC students may submit the same project to both the UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum and UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize. Please refer to their respective websites for additional information on eligibility and submission criteria for each initiative.

Is there any limit on the length or type of the research paper/project submitted for the prize?

A two-page (maximum) description of the research project using clear, non-specialist language such that a general scholarly audience can understand the research. The description must include the wide implications of the project. Other research accomplishments should also be noted.

What information should the faculty reference letter include?

A faculty member who supervises, oversees or assigns research projects may submit a letter of reference in PDF format to The letter should include faculty member name, department, email, the title of the project, name of the student, the course name and number and when it was taught. The faculty member will comment on the content and quality of the work, including the appropriate and thorough use of research materials.

What information should the librarian statement include?

The librarian statement will address the student’s use of library services, print and/or electronic collections and other resources, and how the student's engagement with these resources has contributed to an exceptional research project.

The person who knows the most about my research is not the course instructor, but a teaching assistant. Must the support letter come from the instructor in charge of the course?

Yes, the letter must come from the course instructor or faculty supervisor. However, you may also include a second letter from a teaching assistant who you think knows more about your research.

My project was completed for a course that I took before the terms indicated under Eligibility. Can you make an exception and consider my project for this year’s prize?

We regret that no exceptions will be made. Only projects completed during the Spring/Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 terms are eligible. 

I dropped the course, but did the research and completed my project. Is this still eligible?

Yes. As long as you meet the other eligilibity criteria you may submit your work.

Does the research need to be completed to be eligible? 

Yes, only completed projects are eligible.

I've graduated from UTSC but completed my research project during the terms indicated under Eligibility. Is my project eligible for the Prize?

Only currently enrolled students are eligible for the prizes.

How do I submit an application?

See the application guidelines.

Does it have to be a research paper?

No, projects can be in any format. 

What help is available to students who want to participate in the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize?

Contact your Liaison Librarian for help with research skills and preparing your submission. CTL's Writing Centre may also be of assistance.

May I apply for the prize if I work at the UTSC Library?


Any other questions?

Please email your Liaison Librarian.