CommonKnowledge Senior Project Award
The Pacific University Libraries present an annual Senior Project Award to recognize outstanding scholarship in senior theses from the College of Arts & Sciences. 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 from the College of Arts & Sciences.
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 Isaac Gilman, email@example.com. 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 Friday, May 16th, 2014.
A faculty committee (representing the Library and all Schools within the College of Arts & Sciences) 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)