Are you still searching for a topic for your thesis or a major paper? Do you want to conduct serious, original research in unique, historical archives? If so, there are many fascinating primary sources in the UCI Libraries Special Collections and Archives that deserve your attention in your next research project. You can even win $500 when you write a paper based on these archival collections.
Two $500 research awards are available, one for a UCI undergraduate and one for a UCI graduate student. To apply, submit a completed research paper based on extensive archival research in the UCI Libraries Special Collections and Archives’ collections before Friday, June14, 2013. Winning papers will be published online in eScholarship.
Special Collections and Archives collects archives from many significant individuals and organizations. Some examples:
- Critical theory (including the papers of Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and Richard Rorty)
- Orange County, California (such as on the history of planning and development, women in the public sphere, the LGBT community, and environmental issues)
- Southeast Asian Americans (particularly the refugee and immigrant experience)
- Dance and performing arts (including the papers of Robert Cohen, Donald MacKayle, and Eugene Loring)
- UC Irvine history
- The work of UCI’s Nobel Laureates (Frederick Reines and F. Sherwood Rowland)
For more information about the award and the criteria, please see http://special.lib.uci.edu/services/award.html. UC Irvine undergraduate and graduate students of any level are encouraged to apply. We especially encourage undergraduates who are involved in the first-year integrated program or who are writing an honors thesis to participate.
Fall quarter is a great time to investigate potential paper topics in Special Collections and Archives, and we are eager to help you plan your archival research projects. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website, or visit our Reading Room in the Langson Library, Room 525.