The annual UCSB Library Award for Undergraduate Research (LAUR) recognizes students who produce a scholarly or creative work that makes expert and sophisticated use of the collections, resources, and services of the UCSB Library. 

The award promotes and encourages intellectual discovery and the advancement of lifelong learning, and is open to all currently-enrolled undergraduate students at UCSB.

Library collections and resources for the purposes of this award can be broadly interpreted to include books, scholarly articles, primary sources and collections, research databases, maps, materials in all media, and more.

Library services can include library classes, workshops, consultations with subject-specialist librarians, use of Interlibrary Loan, use of the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, use of Special Research Collections, and more.

The 2021 LAUR program is generously supported by Naomi Greene.


First- and second-place prizes will be awarded in each of the three broad categories listed below. Winners receive $750 (1st place) and $500 (2nd place), and will be honored at an awards ceremony in June. Winners will also be invited to have their projects published in UC's eScholarship open access repository.  

Submissions are accepted in each of the three broad categories below. Consult your faculty sponsor for advice about which category best fits your topic:

  • Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Science & Engineering

Important Dates

  • March 15- May 7, 2021: Start date for accepting student submissions
  • May 7, 2021 Deadline extended:  Student submission deadline 
  • May 8 - May 20, 2021:  Review period
  • May 21, 2021:  Winners announced
  • June 3, 2021:  Awards reception