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The Norma J. Lang Prize for Undergraduate Information Research recognizes undergraduate students whose research projects:

  • Make extensive use of library resources, services and expertise
  • Advance the students’ understanding of the academic research process

All Undergraduate Students: 

First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded every year in each of these two areas:

  • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Science, Engineering & Mathematics

First-Year Undergraduate Students: 

One prize will be awarded for projects in ANY academic subject or major, for example, arts, humanities, social sciences, science, engineering or mathematics

2020 is the fourth year of the prize.

The Norma J. Lang Prize for Undergraduate Information Research is funded by a bequest from the late UC Davis Professor Emerita of Botany, Norma J. Lang.

All Undergraduate Students:

  • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences: first prize, $1000; second prize, $750; third prize, $500
  • Science, Engineering & Mathematics: first prize, $1000; second prize, $750; third prize $500

First-Year Undergraduate Students:

  • Any academic subject or major: one award, $150
  • Creative Works, including, but not limited to, an art installation, software program, musical composition, film or video, special project, etc.
  • Empirical Research, including, but not limited to, research conducted with qualitative or quantitative methodologies, e.g., research articles and essays.
  • Interpretive Analysis, including, but not limited to cultural/literary criticism, film analysis, historiographies, social criticism, etc.

Judges will utilize one of the two following rubrics to evaluate submissions.

  • Start date for accepting student submission: January 6th, 2020
  • Student submission deadline: April 6, 2020 at 11:00 pm
  • Instructor support due: April 6, 2020
  • Review period: April 7 – May 1, 2020
  • Winner notification: May 4, 2020
  • Winner reception: May 20, 2020