Research Awards

Special Collections offers four research awards for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida. Proposals must demonstrate how the department’s resources are crucial to the applicant’s research needs.

 

  • add LGBT Research Award

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

    Award criteria are as follows:
    • Research must be conducted using LGBT materials in USF Tampa Libraries.
    • The award recipient will be expected to present their research at USF’s Undergraduate Research Conference.
    Students must submit a nomination package, which includes the following:
    • Proof of enrollment at the University of South Florida.
    • A 1 to 3 page essay describing the proposed research project and how specific resources and holdings in  Special Collections are crucial to the applicant’s research needs.
    For more information, contact:

    Tomaro Taylor, USF Libraries Special Collections
    (813) 974-5750

    ** Application period: October 14, 2019 – February 14, 2020 **

  • add Latin American & other Science Fiction Research Award

     The Latin American & other Science Fiction Research Award is designed to support research using USF Tampa Library’s Latin American, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Fiction collections.  Students eligible for the award will be currently enrolled undergraduate students at the USF Tampa campus. As many as three awards of up to $1000 will be offered annually. Awards are contingent upon acceptance to USF’s Undergradaute Research Conference.

    Award criteria are as follows:
    • Research must be conducted using Latin American and other Science Fiction collections in the USF Tampa’s Library’s Special Collections.  
    • The award recipient will be expected to present their research at USF’s Undergraduate Research Conference.
    Students must submit a nomination package, which includes the following:
    • Proof of enrollment at the University of South Florida.
    • A 1 to 3 page essay describing the proposed research project and how specific resources and holdings in Special Collections are crucial to the applicant’s research needs.
    For more information, contact:

    Tomaro Taylor, USF Libraries Special Collections
    (813) 974-5750

    ** Application period: October 14, 2019 – February 14, 2020 **

  • 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 Prize in Florida Studies. Undergraduate students working toward a bachelor’s degree in any subject are encouraged to apply. Subjects must cover Florida Studies ranging from Florida’s pre-colonial past through the 21st 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:

    Andy Huse, USF Libraries Special Collections
    (813) 974-7622

    ** Application period: October 14, 2019 – February 14, 2020 **

    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 21st 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:

    Andy Huse, USF Libraries Special Collections
    (813) 974-7622

    ** Application period: October 14, 2019 – February 14, 2020 **

  • add Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award in Florida Studies

    Patrick RiordanThe University of South Florida Libraries 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 USF Tampa Library Special Collections has extensive collections in Florida studies 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 proof of enrollment at the University of South Florida 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 February 14th, and the award may be taken anytime between May 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:

    Andy Huse, USF Libraries Special Collections
    (813) 974-7622

    ** Application period: October 14, 2019 – February 14, 2020 **