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Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium: URSS Library Award & others

This guide is designed to help students prepare posters and scholarship for the URSS on April 11, 2018.

Gumberg Library Award

The Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes outstanding research projects in any field of study that incorporates significant use of library expertise, resources, collections, and/or services. Thanks to the generous financial support of donors, the award will include a $300 cash prize.


Posters accepted for Duquesne University’s Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSS) will be considered for the Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research. Students can submit abstracts or find more information about the URSS at: Students can request a consultation and find more information about Gumberg Library's URSS research support at:

Evaluation Criteria

A committee of library faculty and administrators will judge relevant posters based on research questions and inquiry methods, effective use of appropriate literature and data to support conclusions, and innovative or creative contribution to the field of study. Emphasis will be placed on sound research methodology and demonstrated use of Gumberg Library’s resources. Posters will also be evaluated on design, clarity, organization, and successful communication of ideas to those unfamiliar with the field.

Scoring Rubric:

 Extensive and/or creative use of Gumberg Library's resources that may include:

  • Manuscripts, archival or special collections
  • Databases and other electronic collections
  • Printed resources
  • Library services

[40% of score]

Effective application of principles of research:

  • Effective use of research method(s) appropriate to the question/hypothesis
  • Substantive use of existing research to support the project
  • Clearly documented sources cited according to the conventions of the discipline

[35% of score]

Effective communication of research/scholarship:

  • Clear explanation of research hypothesis, methods, results, and conclusions
  • Clear explanation of the project's contribution to the field of study or to society
  • Effective use of poster medium and organization of project material

[25% of score]

 Award Notification

The Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research will be announced at the end of the URSS.

Award winning posters will be made publicly available through Digital Commons, Duquesne's Institutional Repository.

Josh Schmader standing next to his award-winning poster

2018 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winner

Josh Schmader, "Baltimore: A Culture on a Loop"


Kallie Crawford standing next to her award winning poster

2017 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winner

Kallie Crawford, "Tracking the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog"

2016 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winners

Emily Nelson and Alyse DePaola, "The Effects of High Intensity Warmups on Athletes with Diagnosed Exercise Induced Asthma: A Critically Appraised Topic"

2015 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winner

Lindsey Sosnowski, "Impact of Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease on Quality of Life"

2014 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winners

Jaclyn Angstadt and Rachael Desmond, "Does therapeutic hypothermia improve neurologic function after cardiac arrest?"

Additional Awards

Each year, various university departments generously sponsor cash awards for outstanding research and scholarship.

View all awards here.