Research Awards

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MATT KNIGHT
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MELANIE GRIFFIN
Assistant Librarian
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ANDY HUSE
Assistant Librarian
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MISSION:
The Special Collections Department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library supports the research and teaching missions of the University of South Florida by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to select and targeted monographs, manuscripts, illustrations, maps, sheet music, photographs, archival materials, and printed ephemera, as well as audio/video, images, and text in select digital formats. Collections are intended for use by the university community as well as the general public according to the policies and procedures established by the Department. Today, the Special Collections Department focuses its efforts on acquiring physical and digital materials around eight collection areas.
  • add LGBT Research Award

    The LGBT Research Award is designed to support and advance research using USF Tampa Library’s LGBT collections. Students eligible for the award will be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the USF Tampa campus. One recipient will be selected annually and awarded up to $1000.

    Award criteria are as follows:
    • Research must be conducted using LGBT materials in USF Tampa Libraries.
    • The award recipient will be expected to present his or her research at an annual program.
    Students must submit a nomination package, which includes the following:
    • At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student’s work and research potential
    • An up-to-date resume
    • A 1 to 3 page essay describing the proposed research project, including methodology, resources to be consulted, and potential impact
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 19, 2018

    Apply for Award

  • add Armenian Studies Research Award

    The Armenian Studies Research Award is designed to support and advance research using USF Tampa Library’s Armenian Studies materials. These resources are part of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center collection. Students eligible for the award will be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the USF Tampa campus. As many as three awards of up to $1000 will be offered annually.

    Award criteria are as follows:
    • Research must be conducted using Armenian Studies materials in USF Special Collections’ Holocaust and Genocide Studies collection.
    • The award recipient will be expected to present his or her research at an annual program, which will honor the Boyadjian family.
    Students must submit a nomination package, which includes the following:
    • At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student’s work and research potential
    • An up-to-date resume
    • A 1 to 3 page essay describing the proposed research project, including methodology, resources to be consulted, and potential impact
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 15, 2017

    Apply for Award

  • add Leland Hawes Essay Prize in Florida Studies


    Leland HawesThe Tampa Bay History Center and University of South Florida Libraries’ Florida Studies Center invite undergraduate student submissions for the Leland Hawes Undergraduate Prize in Florida Studies.

    Undergraduate students working toward a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply. Subjects must cover Florida Studies ranging from Florida’s pre-colonial past through the twentieth century. Proper citations must be included.

    A panel of reviewers will evaluate submissions on originality and quality of research, appeal to a general audience, and contributions to the field of Florida Studies. Suggested topics include art, architecture, literature, music, archaeology, anthropology, history, culture, or the environment. Topics dealing with the Tampa Bay region are particularly encouraged.

    Interested students should also submit a cover letter giving their name, address, email, institution, and degree sought. This information should not appear on the essay’s title page.The prize carries a $500 award.

    For more information, contact:

    Matt Knight, Assistant Librarian
    USF Libraries Special Collections Department and Florida Studies Center
    4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB412
    Tampa, FL 33620
    mtknight@usf.edu (813) 974-6266

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 19, 2018

    Apply for Award


    Leland HawesThe Tampa Bay History Center and University of South Florida Libraries’ Florida Studies Center invite graduate student submissions for the Leland Hawes Graduate Essay Prize in Florida Studies.

    Graduate students working toward a M.A. or Ph.D. degree in any subject are encouraged to apply. Papers may cover topics ranging from Florida’s pre-colonial past through the twentieth century. Essays should be no more than thirty-five pages in length plus citations.

    A panel of scholars will evaluate submissions on originality and quality of research, clarity of argument, and contributions to the field of Florida history. Topics dealing with the Tampa Bay region are particularly encouraged.

    Interested students should submit a cover letter giving their name, address, email, institution, and degree sought. This information should not appear on the essay’s title page. The prize carries a $1,000 award.

    For more information, contact:

    Matt Knight, Assistant Librarian
    USF Libraries Special Collections Department and Florida Studies Center
    4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB412
    Tampa, FL 33620
    mtknight@usf.edu (813) 974-6266

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 19, 2018

    Apply for Award

  • add Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award in Florida Studies

    Patrick RiordanThe University of South Florida Libraries’ Florida Studies Center in Tampa, FL, invites applications from graduate students for a month-long, in-residence research project. The Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award offers $2,500 to an M.A. student or Ph.D. candidate engaged in research on a Florida studies topic. The successful applicant will be invited to share his or her research in congenial public forums during the research period.

    The Florida Studies Center has extensive collections and faculty expertise in many areas, including but not limited to: Tampa/Hillsborough history, modern Florida politics, foodways, agriculture, anthropology, African American history, Native American history, literature, geography, environmental studies, sociology, women’s studies, LGBT issues, immigration and mutual aid societies, and the history of the University of South Florida, including the Johns Committee [Florida Legislative Investigation Committee].

    Applicants for the award should submit a résumé or c.v., a reference letter, and a proposal of 750-1,000 words that clearly details the nature of the study and how specific resources and holdings at the University of South Florida Libraries and other local institutions are crucial to their research interests.

    The deadline is June 9th, and the award may be taken anytime between June 15 and August 15. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree at an accredited institution and be a U.S. citizen.

    For more information, contact:

    Matt Knight, Assistant Librarian
    USF Libraries Special Collections Department and Florida Studies Center
    4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB412
    Tampa, FL 33620
    mtknight@usf.edu (813) 974-626

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 9, 2017

    Apply for Award

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    Send physical applications to:

    Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award
    c/o Florida Studies Center, USF Libraries
    4202 E. Fowler Ave, LIB 122
    Tampa, FL 33620-540