CommonKnowledge Senior Project Writing Award
The Pacific University Libraries are inaugurating a Senior Project Writing Award to recognize outstanding scholarship in senior capstone papers from the College of Arts & Sciences. Papers will be evaluated based on their originality of thought, integration of relevant scholarship, and clarity of writing. In the first year of the award, only senior projects that include a written component are eligible to compete (in future years, the award will be expanded to include projects in different formats).
The winning paper will receive $150. Two papers will receive honorable mention, and awards of $75 each. The honors will be noted in the records for the papers in CommonKnowledge.
To be eligible to compete for the award, the paper:
- Must have been completed for the senior capstone project in the current academic year;
- Must be nominated by a faculty member (in the department for which the paper was completed) for inclusion in CommonKnowledge; and
- Must be submitted by the student for inclusion in CommonKnowledge.
All papers submitted for consideration for the award will be included in the CommonKnowledge 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 major.
- Submissions must be made via email to Isaac Gilman, email@example.com. Submission emails must include a) the paper, 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 paper.
- Submissions are due by 5:00pm on Friday, May 17th, 2013.
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 writing); more specifically, the committee will evaluate whether:
- The writer presents original ideas in a thoughtful and convincing voice.
- 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)