1) Cover Sheet
Complete this cover sheet. Fill out all fields.
The following materials should be submitted via BOX and and shared with firstname.lastname@example.org (see instructions in the box to below).
NOTE: Please submit the cover sheet the same day as you submit the rest of your project materials via BOX.
2) Your research project
Note that non-text projects are eligible as well. Project format possibilities include:
3) Nomination letter
Include a signed nominating letter from the professor for whose course you did the research project. You may submit one additional letter of support from another faculty member who is familiar with the project if you wish. Letter(s) must be signed by the faculty member. You may scan the letter and upload it via BOX or ask the faculty member(s) to submit it themselves to email@example.com.
4) Research Strategies Essay
Write and submit a 500-1000 word essay describing your research strategies and use of library resources and services. Begin the essay with an abstract that makes clear your project's contribution to sustainability (environmental, social, and/or economic). In the essay, describe your research process. For example: selecting and refining your topic; selecting library databases; research strategies (e.g., keywords and other search techniques applied in database searches); use of library services, including consultations with a librarian. A range of sources is encouraged. For example: books, articles, conference papers, government documents, archives, interviews, technical reports, statistics, data sets, and audiovisual materials.
The bibliography is mandatory (regardless of whether or not your professor originally required it) and must conform to a standard output style (e.g., MLA, APA, etc.).
To submit your proposal, please upload it via BOX.
Step 1: Log into your UMass BOX account
Step 2: Upload your proposal
Please include your name and USRA in the file name
Step 3: Change the green text from "Peope in this folder" to "People in your company"
Step 4: Enter email address firstname.lastname@example.org
This will make the file shareable with Madeleine Charney
For technical assistance with the submission process, please contact UMass IT.
The review panel will be comprised of a librarian, a student, a faculty member, and a staff member from the Library’s Office of Communication & Development.
The following criteria will be used for evaluating project submissions:
1) Effect for sustainability change or broader sustainability awareness/appreciation (environmental, social, and/or economic)
2) Research Strategy (methodology; variety of sources; depth and breadth of topic)
3) Technical Criteria (consistency of citations, adhering to all requirements)
4) Writing/Design (effectiveness of writing; use of sources; design of multimedia/art work, if applicable)
5) Faculty Comments