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On May 28, the Library celebrated the six students who received the second annual UCSB Library Award for Undergraduate Research (LAUR), which 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.

To be eligible for this award, students had to submit not only a final research or creative project, but also a bibliography and a reflective essay describing their research process. The judges looked for how the students described their search strategies, evaluated sources, persevered through research obstacles, and demonstrated growth in their knowledge about Library resources. Additionally, faculty members submitted letters in support of our student applicants.

First- and second-place recipients in each of the three broad categories receive $750 (1st place) and $500 (2nd place).

2020 Library Award for Undergraduate Research Winners

Humanities & Fine Arts
1st Place - Zheng Chen
Yüe Ou: Local Culture, Identity and Mobility in Early Nineteenth-Century Guangzhou

2nd Place - Noelle Barr
Musical Materiality: 19th Century French Music Culture Embodied in the Palais Garnier Main Facade

Social Sciences
1st Place - Christine Kim
Social Media Activism’s Impact on Global Retailers

2nd Place - Joshua Ee Shao Hong
The Geographies of Education - Case Study on the Singaporean Secondary School System

Science & Engineering
1st Place - Daqian (Dylan) Bian
Methodology for the preparation of composite material with hollow structure with excellent catalytic activity for pollution gas oxidation

2nd Place - Grace Mellor
Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

Watch the virtual ceremony: