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Library Undergraduate Research Award

The Library Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) recognizes students who demonstrate exemplary research and scholarship, including remarkable skill and creativity in the use of library and information resources and are awarded annually.

Awards Offered

The Library Undergraduate Research Award offers seven (7) different award categories:

  • First-year ($500)
  • Sophomore ($500)
  • Junior ($500)
  • Senior ($750)
  • Music (funded through the endowment of John Laurence Seymour) ($500)
  • Fine Arts ($500)
  • Group ($1000, divided among members)

Awards will be given in each category only if merited. Please note that the awards are issued as a cash prize which may affect your financial aid status. Please talk with the Financial Aid office on your campus for additional information.

Important Dates

Sunday, February 2, 2020 no later than 11:59 pm

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020


All students enrolled at any of the undergraduate Claremont Colleges during the project completion dates listed below are eligible to apply for the LURA. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

  • Research projects may be in any format or medium.
  • Written projects should be submitted as a single PDF document (combine all elements)
  • Digital projects, performances, etc. can be submitted as a link or attachment within the application form

Eligible research projects must:

  • Utilize library resources, services and/or staff
  • Be undertaken as part of a course or as faculty-sponsored non-course research offered at The Claremont Colleges
  • Be completed between Summer 2019 – Spring 2020
Evaluation Criteria

Prize-winning submissions will convey a clear and compelling vision of the research journey and insights gained along the way. Submissions must include the four elements described below and will be judged by an Evaluation Committee composed of librarians and library staff.

  • For Individual Submissions: The Reflective Essay (500-1000 words) is the most important part of your application. It should thoroughly articulate your research process and demonstrate your engagement in that process and with the people and resources which supported and enhanced that process.
  • For Group Submissions: The Reflective Essay is the most important part of your application.
    • Section 1 is a 500-1000 word essay that should thoroughly articulate the group’s research process, demonstrating how the group’s collaboration and engagement with people and resources enhanced and supported that process.
    • Section 2 will consist of an individual statement from each group member (up to 250 words) that addresses these questions: How did your participation and contributions throughout the research process help you grow as a scholar? What discoveries, new realizations, and new connections did you make?

  • If Your Submission Is a Research Paper:
    • Research sources are integrated, synthesized, and contextualized appropriately.
    • The research journey should be evident in the paper.
  • If Your Submission Is a Research Project:
    • Sources are implicitly or explicitly attributed, integrated, synthesized, and contextualized as appropriate for the project.
    • The research journey should be evident in the project.

  • If Your Submission Is a Research Paper: Your bibliography cites a strong variety of appropriate sources and is consistently formatted according to a recognized standard citation style.
  • If Your Submission Is a Research Project: The bibliography communicates that a strong variety of appropriate sources were consulted and is consistently formatted according to a recognized standard citation style.

The Faculty Statement of Support will provide additional insight into your research process.

The components of your submission will be weighted using the following scorecard:

Reflective Essay 50
Research Project 20
Bibliography 20
Faculty Statement of Support 10

Steps to Apply

Complete the online application.

Upload supporting documentation as a single PDF with your online application. Materials include:

  • The 500-1000 word reflective essay describing your research process. Group members must also upload an individual statement (up to 250 words).
  • The final or draft version of the research project (the more complete your project, the better) or provide a link to the project.
  • The bibliography of sources referenced and/or consulted for your project.

Your application must include a Faculty endorsement which may be submitted through the Faculty Statement of Support FormPlease note that this form must be completed by the professor who taught the course and/or sponsored your project. You may forward the link to the form and notify the LURA Committee that this has been completed by emailing us at


Individuals and groups must agree to confer a limited license to the Claremont Colleges Library and to Scholarship@Claremont in order to publish and make both the reflective essays and research projects publicly available on the library website. Projects which are part of a faculty research project may be granted a temporary embargo. All individuals and groups will retain copyright of their works.

Award winners agree to attend the award ceremony with their faculty sponsor to present their projects. Please check Important Dates & Deadlines for updated information.

Faculty Statement of Support

A Faculty Statement of Support is essential to your application and must be completed before or by the deadline date. Check Deadlines & Important Dates for updated information. Therefore, all LURA applications must include a Faculty Statement of Support as part of the application package. This expert disciplinary assessment is an important consideration in the evaluation process.

The deadline for submitting this form is no later than Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Complete the online Faculty Statement of Support Form. Students may forward this link to their professor for endorsement.

Submitting a Revision

Seniors may submit the most complete version of their theses by the deadline, and then resubmit the final version once completed. If you need to submit a revised version of your project at a later date, simply email it to

Previous Award Winners

Visit Scholarship@Claremont to view the collection of LURA submissions dating from 2014 to present. You may also find the 2019 winners posted in The Claremont Colleges Library News.

Contact the LURA Committee

Do you have questions about LURA or the application process? Please feel free to reach out to us at