The Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award promotes in-depth understanding of sustainability topics,
research strategies, and the use of library resources, providing participating students with vital skills they will carry into future academic and vocational endeavors. The award is funded by the award-winning UMass Amherst Libraries’ Sustainability Fund.
Option 1: Previous academic work related to sustainability done during Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 semesters and while an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst. This academic work can be in any format (paper, poster, presentation, art, video, etc.).
Option 2: An original research project conducted during Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 and while an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst. This project needs to be supported by facts (which are cited), but does not need to be tied to a class. It can be in any format (paper, poster, presentation, art, video, etc.).
If submitting previous work, you will be prompted for the class it was for and the assignment.
Five (5) scholarships of $800 will be awarded.
Group Submissions: If you are submitting a group project, only one member of the group should submit an entry, but ALL group members need to be current UMass undergraduate students (no graduate students or faculty can be part of the group). The submission form will have space to list other group members. If selected as one of the winning entries, group members will split the $800 scholarship.
To learn more about sustainability efforts at UMass check out these links:
February 6, 2023 - Open for submissions (Beginning of Spring Semester)
March 10, 2023 - Application materials due by 11:55 p.m. (No late submissions accepted.)
March 24, 2023 - Deadline for notification of awards.
April 20, 2023 - Evening reception at the Science & Engineering Library to recognize and celebrate award winners.
If awarded, agree to add your submission to ScholarWorks, the UMass Amherst digital showcase (with a Creative Commons license of your choosing)
The submission form will accept applications from February 6, 2023 until 11:55 p.m. March 10, 2023.
The submission form requires:
Link to Submission Form will be available beginning Feburary 6, 2023. (You will need to be logged into your UMass Amherst Google account to access the submission form.)
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of librarians and staff from the Science & Engineering Library.
Submissions will be evaluated on: