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Libraries call for submissions for Undergraduate Research Award

Deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017

FLURA award

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award.  The deadline is March 24, 2017. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria are available at:

The ninth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA) recognizes excellence in the use of historical primary sources in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers or projects that represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within 18 months prior to the application deadline of March 24, 2017, and while enrolled as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst.  The first place recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and the honorable mention winner receives a $250 scholarship. The winning papers/projects will be posted online at and added to the University Archives.

An historical primary source is a record of an event, occurrence, or time period produced at the time by a participant or observer. Appropriate sources may include the records of individuals (e.g. letters, diaries, essays, speeches) or the archives of organizations (e.g. correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports), and they may include non-textual materials (e.g. artwork, artifacts, maps, music, film, audio recordings, videotape, computer files, photographs, scrapbooks), provided they date from the time period in question.

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the UMass Amherst Libraries reserves the right to extend the deadline or cancel the contest if too few entries are received. The determination of number of entries required to award a winner is at the sole discretion of SCUA and the UMass Amherst Libraries.

The award is sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives. Prizes are made possible thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Libraries. A panel of faculty and community experts will judge the anonymous entries.

Winners will be announced by the end of April, 2017. For more information, contact Special Collections at