The Leatherby Libraries is excited to announce the launch of the inaugural Eric M. Scandrett Graduate Research Prize, which recognizes excellent research and effective use of library resources by Chapman University graduate students! All graduates who have used library resources to assist with completing research projects and papers in the past year are encouraged to apply. 

This research prize requires applicants to write a short essay about how they utilized the Leatherby Libraries’ resources for their research. A panel of faculty and librarian judges will read the essay, looking for evidence of students’ information literacy abilities by looking at how they found and critically evaluated their sources. The essay is scored on the description of the research process, not the actual research project.

Whether a STEM student or an Art student, all Chapman University graduate students are encouraged to write about their experience using the library and interacting with our librarians. Your research project or paper can be a solo or group endeavor. 

In addition to a certificate, bragging rights, and instant library fame, what else do you win? You can win a cash prize, recognition on the Leatherby Libraries blog and social media, your winning application showcased on the Chapman University Digital Commons, an invitation to publish your final project there, and a small celebration in your honor.

Prizes go to first, second, and third-place winners.

All of this for just a 1000-2000-word essay? What are you waiting for? Apply for the first year of the Eric M. Scandrett Graduate Research Prize today!

The deadline for submission is Sunday, April 21, 2024, at Midnight.

For more details about eligibility and guidelines, please click here or contact Taylor Greene at or (714) 532-7782.