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Undergraduate Library Research Prize

The Undergraduate Library Research Prize (ULRP), co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, UC San Diego Alumni, and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, is awarded to students who demonstrate a strategic and effective use of the UC San Diego Library as a resource in direct support of research undertaken on campus.


All UC San Diego undergraduate students working towards an undergraduate degree and enrolled in Spring quarter of the prize year are eligible. Projects that have been presented at research-focused events, such as the Undergraduate Research Conference and the Summer Research Conference, are eligible, as are projects that have been submitted for UC San Diego course credit.

Research must have been completed in the previous four quarters (Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023 and/or Winter 2024).

Winners and honorable mention honorees agree to have their work publicly displayed in the UC San Diego Library.

Winners and honorable honorees agree to have their projects entered into eScholarship, the University of California’s open access repository.


  • The Undergraduate Library Research Prize consists of five awards of $1,000, one in each of the following categories:
  • Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering

Best project highlighting resources from the Data and GIS Lab Best project highlighting resources from UC San Diego Special Collections Students must select one category for their project. Honorable Mentions may also be given for outstanding work as the judges find appropriate. If multiple students co-submit a project that they worked on together, the award will be equally divided between the students.

Further details on the application process and award.