Are you hard at work on your thesis or spending long hours in the lab? Here’s one way you could get recognized for your many hours of study – enter to win the annual Leatherby Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize.

The Kevin and Tam Ross Undergraduate Research Prize recognizes excellent research and effective use of library resources by Chapman University undergraduate students. Applicants are asked to write an essay about their selection, evaluation, and use of library resources for work on a research paper or project. Judges are interested not only in the quality of your project, but in how you’ve made use of library resources during the research process.

The competition is open to all Chapman undergraduates. Students in all majors and class levels are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous winners have written on a variety of subjects, including history, psychology, and film studies. You can read these winning papers online as part of Chapman’s Digital Commons.

Papers or projects may be in progress at the time the application is submitted. Find full application information and guidelines at

Here are some photos from last year’s ceremony:

The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 17, 2017. Three winning students will receive a certificate of achievement – and a cash prize – at this year’s award ceremony in May 2016.

For more information, contact Carolyn Radcliff at or (714) 532-7744.