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Third annual First Year Research prize is now open

Mel Rising Dawn Cordeiro

Managing Editor

Flyer via Adams Library

Calling all first year students at RIC: The third annual Friends of The Adams Library First Year Research Prize is now open and submitting entries. Current first year students at RIC are urged to take pride in their accomplishments and consider submitting their research to this contest.


This research prize is offered to students currently in their first year who have produced exemplary research or research-informed creative works. The topic of research does not matter, nor do the sources. Research may be presented in any format, including but not limited to research papers, presentations and performances, visual arts and multimedia projects.


Students who are in their second year and beyond are not eligible for the contest. Students may submit original works individually or in small groups of no more than four. One or two individual students and a group of students will be chosen as finalists, and the committee will pick a winner based on these criteria. The original work must have been completed by the student(s) in either their first or second semester at the college.


Up for grabs is $200, as well as a letter of recognition from the committee and inclusion of the project on the library’s public digital repository. The winning project will also be featured on the library’s social media and website. Please note that if the winning project chosen is done by a group, the group members will split the prize money.


The Friends of The Adams Library First Year Research Prize was created in 2020 thanks to a generous donation provided by The Friends of the James P. Adams Library. The Friends were founded in 1998 and its members include RIC staff, faculty and administrators. It is the goal of The Friends to advocate for and support the library, both on campus and off campus. This means that they advocate for the library to the Providence area and surrounding communities. The Friends also promote the library on campus as a resource center for both college and community activities. They work very diligently to obtain support for the library through both public and private sources.


The deadline for submission is Friday, March 3. Faculty can nominate first year students until Friday, Feb. 17. Faculty who are nominating students are asked to email Librarian Amy Barlow at abarlow@ric.edu. Barlow will then reach out to the student and invite them to submit their work.


Students who are interested in applying on their own may do so here. Those who plan to enter and have additional questions can also contact Barlow.


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