Cal Poly Pomona students will have a chance to show off their research skills and creativity in a contest to celebrate the University Library’s resources, collections and services.
The library and the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc. are co-sponsoring the inaugural Library Research Award contest. The deadline for entries is May 2.
Katie Richardson, head of special collections and archives, says the idea behind the contest is to recognize the library as a whole and all of the ways it assists students in particular.
“Last year, over a million patrons walked through the doors of the library,” Richardson says. “For us, the contest will help us recognize our students’ achievements while at the same time learning more about how our students are using our services and unique collections.”
Students are tasked with creating a project based on research conducted using the University Library resources, collections, tools and services, both online and in print. Eligible students, undergraduates and graduates both, can use the library’s electronic databases, LibGuides, Special Collections and university archives, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library or consult with a librarian in working on their projects.
“We are encouraging creativity,” says Richardson, adding that the projects can range from a research paper to a video to a musical composition or even a website.
All disciplines and class levels may enter the contest. Applicants must be currently enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona during spring 2016 and the project must have been completed between spring 2015 and the spring 2016 quarters.
The categories include “Best Undergraduate Student Project,” “Best Graduate Student Project,” and “Best Use of Special Collections.” The winner in each category will receive a Bronco gift card worth $150. Four “Honorable Mention” prizes of a $50 Bronco gift card will be given at the judge’s discretion across any of the categories.
Details about the contest rules, categories and deadline are available online. The University Library will have an award reception to honor the winners on May 26 at noon. All are invited to attend.