Abrescy and Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence

The Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award was established in 2017 to recognize outstanding undergraduate research at UC Merced. The award recognizes students who demonstrate effective use of library and information resources, as well as an understanding of the research process and growth in research practices. A committee of faculty and librarians will review applications and select awardees. A total of $1,000 will be awarded each year; no more than two awards of $500 each will be awarded in a given year.

All student applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduates at UC Merced and be in good standing with the University (2.0 GPA). Students can submit applications for work produced individually or by a team. Projects or papers may be in another language, but all accompanying materials, including the reflective essay, must be in English. Students applying for the award must contact the course instructor about having submitted a course paper or project; the selection committee may contact the course instructor.

Selected recipients must allow deposit of work in eScholarship, the University’s institutional repository; attend the library’s Undergraduate Research Award Reception; and work with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to receive the award.

For questions or more information about the award, please contact Lindsay Davis at libraryaward@ucmerced.edu.

Varies; up to $1,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. Project Information
    • Course Instructor Name
    • Course Title & Number
    • Semester and Year Completed
  2. Author Information
    • Is this an individual or team project?
    • Please list each author for group collaborations. Provide the first and last name along with the student ID number for each author and separate entries by a semi-colon.
  3. Abstract (Word doc or PDF): Please upload an abstract of 150-250 words summarizing your paper or project.
  4. Reflective Essay (Word doc or PDF): Please upload an essay of no more than 1,000 words describing the research process you undertook to complete your paper/project and how this experience has changed and advanced your research practice for future papers/projects. For group submissions, the essay must also include a description of how the paper/project was an effective group collaboration. The selection committee will be using the essay to see how well you reflect on the development of the research question or problem, your research process and strategies, source selection, what you learned from this research experience, and the lessons you will apply to future research papers/projects. Questions to address; what tools, resources, and services, including those from the library, did you use to discover your sources? What strategies did you use to discover the sources you used? Explain specific techniques you used while exploring and searching for information. Why did you select the sources you used? What criteria did you use to evaluate your sources? What challenges did you encounter in your research process? How did you overcome these challenges? What did you learn from this research experience? If you were starting another research paper or project, what might you do differently or the same?
  5. Bibliography (Word doc or PDF): Please upload your bibliography or reference list and state the citation style you used, e.g. Chicago Style.
    • Please state the citation style that you used; Ex; Chicago Style.
    • Please upload your bibliography or reference list as a Word doc or PDF.
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