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Student Research Award

DATE: 1/24/2014
CONTACT: Rob Cox, 413-545-6842,

UMass Amherst Libraries Call for Submissions


Amherst, MA – The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014. Winners will be announced at the end of March. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria are available at: Recipients will be invited to receive their awards at the Library’s Dinner with Friends fundraiser on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

The sixth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA) recognizes excellence in the use of primary sources in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers or projects that represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within the 18 months prior to the application deadline of February 28, 2014 and while the student was enrolled as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. The first place recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and the honorable mention winner receives a $250 scholarship. The winning papers/projects will be posted to and added to the University Archives.

A primary source is a record of an event, an occurrence, or a time period produced by a participant or observer at the time, such as letters, diaries, writings, speeches, photographs, and scrapbooks, or the historic records (archives) of an organization (such as correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports, etc.). Primary sources can also include government documents, artwork, artifacts, maps, music, audiovisual materials (film, audio and video tape), and computer files.

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the UMass Amherst Libraries reserves the right to extend the deadline or cancel the contest if too few entries are received. The determination of number of entries required to award a winner is at the sole discretion of SCUA and the UMass Amherst Libraries.

The award is sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries and the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Prizes are made possible thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Libraries. Panels of faculty and community experts will judge the anonymous entries.

For more information, contact Special Collections at





Last Edited: 27 January 2014