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 a research paper or project produced for a credit-bearing course within the last 12 months that demonstrates effective use of library resources and services. A committee of faculty and librarians will review applications and select awardees.

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
    • Name of course instructor; course title and number; and the year and semester completed.
    • Paper/project Title
  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.
  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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