CommonKnowledge Senior Project Award
The Pacific University Libraries present an annual Senior Project Award to recognize outstanding scholarship in senior theses. Projects will be evaluated based on their originality of thought, integration of relevant scholarship, and clarity of expression. In the first year of the award, only senior projects that included a written component were eligible to compete; this year, the award has been expanded to include projects in different formats).
The winning thesis will receive $150. Two theses will receive honorable mention, and awards of $75 each. The honors will be noted in the records for the projects in CommonKnowledge.
To be eligible to compete for the award, the thesis:
- Must have been completed for the senior thesis/capstone project in the current academic year;
- Must be nominated by a faculty member (in the department for which the thesis was completed) for inclusion in CommonKnowledge; and
- Must be submitted by the student for inclusion in CommonKnowledge.
All projects submitted for consideration for the award will be included in the CommonKnowledge thesis/capstone collection. This collection preserves, and provides a showcase for, exemplary work by graduating seniors.
Download: FAQ - Student Work and CommonKnowledge
Submission Guidelines and Deadline
- Papers should be typed, doubled spaced, and include a title page with a) the paper’s title, b) the student author’s name, and c) the student author’s department/major.
- Projects that do not include a written component must be submitted with a one-page summary sheet (Title of project, student name, department/major, and a 100-200 word abstract or artist statement).
- Submissions must be made via email to Marita Kunkel, firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission emails must include a) the project, b) a completed CommonKnowledge license agreement (signed by the student author), and c) the name of the faculty member who has agreed to nominate the project.
- Submissions are due by 5:00pm on Monday, May 19th, 2014.
A faculty committee will judge submissions according to the general criteria (originality of thought, integration of relevant scholarship, and clarity of expression). For papers, the the committee will evaluate whether:
- The author/creator presents original ideas in a thoughtful and convincing manner.
- The writing displays a pattern of development, reflected in well-sequenced paragraphs, with an effective beginning, middle, and end. Paragraphs should also have coherently ordered sentences focused on a single topic.
- The writer’s assertions are supported with explanations, illustrations, data, or expert opinions, as appropriate.
- The writer uses an appropriate documentation method.
- The writer uses vocabulary that is well suited for its purposes and spelling, grammar, and punctuation are used in a non-distracting manner.
(Evaluation criteria adapted from Hawai'i Pacific University)