UTSC 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 recognizes the research and creative activities of undergraduate students, their overall contribution to the University of Toronto Scarborough, and illustrates the role of the library in their creative and research processes.

The project is focused on creative and research in a multitude of expressions. The project may take many forms such as a traditional paper, 2D or 3D works, a database, a website, digital project or creative art project in its many manifestations, including projects that demonstrate a student's artistic expression such as painting, photography, poetry or a play. 

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

Prize winning projects and/or recipients will be featured on the UTSC Library website and OVPRI 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 2020/Summer 2020, Fall 2020 or Winter 2021)
    • participated in meaningful engagement with their liaison librarian (for example active participation in course research workshops or in depth research consultations)

    Students cannot submit the same project as last year unless there are significant changes or advancements in the final outcome. 

    Students may submit the same project to both the UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum and UTSC Undergraduate Research Prizehowever they cannot simply submit the poster created for the Forum.


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

    The Judging Committee shall consist of UTSC faculty members and representatives from the Office of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation.

    How to Apply

    Please use the attached coversheet/checklist to help ensure that all the application components are included (in the correct order). Application for the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize will be made by the undergraduate student and will consist of the following in a single PDF package in this order.

    • Personal data (1 page)
      • Full name
      • UTSC department
      • Current program
      • Identify if you are applying for the Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities award
      • Dates of library research workshop/consultation(s)
    • Description of research project using clear, non-specialist language (2 pages)
      • Include also the wider implications of the project
      • Other research accomplishments
    • A written statement (letter or email) by a librarian familiar with the applicant regarding the student's engagement in the research process
    • A signed reference letter on departmental letterhead from a U of T Scarborough faculty member or course instructor regarding the student's engagement in the research process
    • A copy of the submitted research assignment (e.g. paper, website, presentation) or creative art project (e.g., zine, play, painting, photography). If the research assignment cannot be submitted in an electronic format (e.g. a video, music performance, artwork) please email Sarah Forbes
    • Unofficial transcript

    Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file in the correct order to researchoffice.utsc@utoronto.ca

    Application deadline: Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:59 PM EST
    End of May/Early June 2021: Winners announced
    June 2021: Prizes awarded


    Up to 3 cash prizes of $1000 will be given out annually, one each for projects in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. The judges evaluate the projects on their quality and reserve the right to award prizes in one, two, or all three of these categories.

    More information

    Contact your liaison librarian or review our Frequently Asked Questions.