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How to Apply


Students’ research may be in any academic subject or major at UC Davis.

Submissions will be considered from individuals or groups.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled, full-time UC Davis undergraduates at any class level and in any discipline. Graduate students and post-baccalaureates are not eligible.
  • Have completed a creative work, empirical research or interpretive analysis paper for a credit course at UC Davis during one of the previous four quarters — winter, fall, summer or spring — including study abroad.
  • Winner or finalist agrees to provide the creative work, empirical research or interpretive analysis for public display in the UC Davis Library and/or online.
  • Winner or finalist agrees to attend a reception at Shields Library where the winners will be honored.
  • If you are, or ever have been, employed or currently employed at UC Davis, the submission must be unrelated to work performed during your employment.

Note: Prize/Award payments are generally subject to federal tax. California residents may be subject to state tax.

Important Dates

Start Date for Accepting Submissions

Monday, January 3, 2022

Student Submission Deadline

Monday, April 4, 2022, at 11:00 p.m.

Instructor/Principal Investigator Support Due

Monday, April 4, 2022

Review Period

April 5 through April 29, 2022

Winner Notification

May 3, 2022

Winner Reception

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Required Application Materials

Review the evaluation rubric to see how your submission will be scored by the judges

Lang Prize Rubric (pdf)

To complete the application, you will need to provide the following supporting documentation:

1. Your Research Paper or Creative Project

If the project is in a format that cannot be submitted electronically, such as an architectural model, CD, or DVD, please submit a document that provides a detailed description of the project in sufficient detail to allow its merits to be judged. If the project is online, please submit the URL.

Your project can be:

  • 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, collection, analysis, evaluation, integration of primary and secondary research, e.g., research articles and essays.
  • Interpretive Analysis, including, but not limited to cultural/literary criticism, film analysis, historiographies, social criticism, etc.

2. Reflective Essay

Describe your information research process, highlighting any methods and strategies you learned or developed to access the information you needed for your work. Describe the strategies you employed in your search for information to develop your work product. Your detailed description should identify the scope and nature of the information you needed, and how this informed your choice of search tools and information sources used. Describe any challenges you encountered in the search process, and how you addressed them. Describe how you evaluated the resources you found through your information research process, and decided which to reference in your work. In your reflection, it should be clear how your work makes use of existing scholarship to create something new. (Submit as Microsoft Word document or PDF)

3. Bibliography

Bibliography in a recognized style (e.g., APA, MLA), as a separate document. (Submit as Microsoft Word document or PDF)

4. Instructor or Principal Investigator Review

The scoring of your application will include an evaluation of the quality of your research effort and resulting work by the person overseeing your work, such as the instructor of the course in which the work was created or principal investigator for the research project. The form for submitting an Instructor Review is linked below. It is your responsibility to request a review from your instructor or principal investigator well in advance of the deadline. As a courtesy, when you upload your complete application online, a reminder email will be sent to the person named in your application. However, you should notify this person well in advance of the deadline.

Download Instructor Review Form (docx)

Apply for the Lang Prize