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2024 Research and Scholarship Symposia

This guide is designed to help students prepare posters and scholarship for the URSS and GRS.

Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research



The Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes outstanding research projects in any field of study that incorporate significant use of library expertise, resources, collections, and/or services. Thanks to the generous financial support of donors, the award will include a $500 cash prize.



Online posters accepted for Duquesne University’s Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSS) will be considered for the Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research. No award will be made if no posters submitted meet the specified criteria.


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

Evidence of effective and/or creative use of Gumberg Library’s resources [40% of score]:
•    Manuscripts, archival or special collections
•    Databases and other electronic collections
•    Printed resources 
•    Library services and/or research consultations

Effective application of principles of research [30% of score]:
•    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

Effective communication of research/scholarship [30% of score]:
•    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

2023 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winner

Elisha Schoeneck, "Micro Is Not Meaningless: A Focus on Asian Women"

2022 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winner

Renne Cabacungan, "Identity Formation and the Immigrant Experience"

2022 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winner

Meredith Hill,  "Enhancing Caring Behaviors among Undergraduate Nursing Students in the Clinical Learning Environment: An Integrative Review"

2022 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winner

Haley Oroho, "The Misrepresentation of Native Americans in Textbooks in the United States"

2021 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winner

Michael Murphy, "LGBT Families: A Social Science Literature Review"

2020 Gumberg Library URSS Award Winners

Emily Simon, Marc Yergin, and Brady Porter, "DNA Sequencing to Support Species-Level Identification of Freshwater Sponges in Western Pennsylvania"