Announcing the 22nd Annual LeClerc Competition for Best Research Papers

As we enter the final months of 2014, we ask all faculty to please help us recognize exceptional work done by Hunter students by participating in the library’s annual Paul LeClerc Competition for Best Research Papers.

Prizes will be awarded for student papers judged to be the best of 2014.  Instructors may nominate papers written for any course given in the winter, spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2014. Only papers submitted by course instructors will be eligible for awards. Please submit no more than three papers for one course. All departments and special programs in the college may participate.

The goal of this competition is to stimulate the creative use of library resources, so winning papers should be thoroughly researched, well written, and properly documented. The library will award gift certificates in the amounts of $200 for first prize and $100 for second prize in the categories of (1) 100-level undergraduate, (2) all other undergraduate, and (3) graduate-level research papers. Theses or other works of comparable length are excluded.

The deadline for the 22nd annual competition will be TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015. Please submit papers either as hard copy or via e-mail to:

Donna Braithwaite, Hunter Health Professions Libraryobraithw@hunter.cuny.edu212-481-5117

Please include the course name, number, and semester, as well as the student’s phone number, e-mail address, or other contact information. A faculty panel will select the winners.

The awards ceremony will take place at the annual Library Day celebration in April of 2015, at which time we will also formally recognize the instructors of the winning candidates for their support in this common effort to promote the research and writing skills of Hunter students. Thank you!


Could the paper be a group project?

As long as a paper meets the requirements stated above, it could have more than one author. However, please remember that we can't accept theses, capstones, or long-term investigative projects of that nature. But an instructor could nominate a paper that resulted from some group assignment within the scope of an ordinary semester-long class. Thanks for your interest.

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