Awards

 

Please note:

  • Self-reported grade will be verified before award can be received
  • One award per project
  • Group project award is shared equally among participants at Fair
  • Award winners will be announced immediately following the poster sessions at the Fair
  • There must be at least three eligible candidates per award category in order to confer a first prize, and at least six eligible candidates, to confer both a first and a second prize
  • The Fair Committee reserves the right to not to give out an award.

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Dr. James Wu Prize for Best Lower-year Project (First prize $500. Second prize $200.)

This award, co-sponsored by York University Libraries and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, is offered to the undergraduate student and Research Fair participant submitting the best project for a first- or second-year course.

Criteria: Intriguing topic; clear, meaningfully written abstract which reflects the project well; uses plain language appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience; well-chosen sources; high grade and/or positive instructor comments; well-designed poster.

Dr. James Wu Prize for Best Upper-year Project (First prize $500. Second prize $200.)

This award, co-sponsored by York University Libraries and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, is offered to the undergraduate student and Research Fair participant submitting the best project for a third- or fourth-year course.

Criteria: Intriguing topic; clear, meaningfully written abstract which reflects the project well; uses plain language appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience; well-chosen sources; high grade and/or positive instructor comments; strong analysis; well-designed poster.

Dr. James Wu Prize for Best Honours Thesis Project / MRP (First prize $500. Second prize $200.)

This award, co-sponsored by York University Libraries and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, is offered to the undergraduate student and Research Fair participant submitting the best honours’ thesis project.

Criteria: Intriguing topic; clear, meaningfully written abstract which reflects the project well; uses plain language appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience; well-chosen sources; high grade and/or positive instructor comments; in-depth analysis; well-designed poster.

Library Information Literacy Award (First prize $600. Second prize $200.)

This award, sponsored by York University Libraries, honours Undergraduate Research Fair participants whose project (or creative work involving secondary research) best exemplifies excellent practices in library research and information literacy, evidence of critical thinking, and personal learning and growth. IL award recipients will demonstrate depth and breadth in their use and application of library and information sources, and a strong and clear ability to critically engage with information and its sources, including demonstrated success in identifying, searching, evaluating and synthesizing information sources for their submitted research papers and projects.

For more information, ACRL Framework for IL for Higher Education, 2016

Criteria: Finding and identifying appropriate scholarly sources; evaluating sources skillfully; engaging critically with sources;  making effective use of library services and resources; showing evidence of growth as a researcher.

Best Poster Presentation (First prize $500. Second prize $200.)

This award, co-sponsored by York University Libraries and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, is offered to the student designing and animating the best poster session presented at the Undergraduate Research Fair.

Criteria:

Poster design and layout:  legible; pleasing layout; includes images or labelled graphs which support the topic; creatively presented.
Poster content:  catchy, meaningful title; clear research question; key points reflected; data supports conclusion; results are clear; use plain language; bibliography is available.
Presentation:  presenter is succinct, clear, engaging, enthusiastic; effectively conveys project and results; uses plain language appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience; handles questions well.

Best Group Project (First prize $500. Second prize $200.)

This award, co-sponsored by York University Libraries and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, is offered to the undergraduate students and Research Fair participants submitting the best group project.

Criteria: Intriguing topic; clear, meaningfully written abstract which reflects the project well; uses plain language appropriate for a multidisciplinary audience; well-chosen sources; high grade and/or positive instructor comments; well-designed poster; evidence of collaboration and team-work.

People’s Choice Award (non-monetary honour)

This award, co-sponsored by York University Libraries and the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, is offered to the undergraduate student and Research Fair participant selected by attendees on Fair Day.