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UC Davis Library Graduate Student Prize


This prize is co-sponsored by the UC Davis Library and the UC Davis Office of Public Scholarship and Engagement

About the Graduate Student Prize

The prize celebrates graduate researchers who use the library to catalyze outstanding, publicly-engaged scholarship, broadly defined.

  • Up to three prizes will be awarded for an original, unpublished, written work created while the student is a graduate student at UC Davis.
  • Winners will receive :
    • $1000 each (to be distributed to each student’s university account).
    • A prize letter from the University Librarian and the Vice Provost for Public Scholarship.
  • Winners will also be recognized at a public prize ceremony held at Shields Library in the Spring.


    • All currently enrolled UC Davis graduate students are eligible to apply.
    • Students may submit one individually authored work and/or one team-authored work to which they were a major contributor.
    • Examples of eligible work (unpublished and by UC Davis graduate student(s)) include but are not limited to:
      • research articles
      • dissertation or thesis chapters
      • essays
      • reports on research projects

    How to Apply

    • The application shall consist of two parts: the Work itself and a Cover Letter.
    • The cover letter should explain a) how the applicant made use of the library’s resources and/or services and b) how the work enhances our understanding of, or engagement with diverse community groups.
    • Please submit your application consisting of the cover letter and the work to EMAIL ADDRESS
    • Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt.

    Evaluation Criteria

    • For research work:
      • Clarity and quality of composition
      • Significance of research question or findings
      • Methodological rigor
    • For cover letter:
      • How student made effective use of the library’s resources and/or services
      • How the work enhanced understanding of, or engagement with diverse community groups

    Important Dates

    October 9,2023–Applications acceptedFebruary 15, 2024–Winners notified
    December 1, 2023–Application deadlineMarch 15, 2024–Award Ceremony