Diversity Research Award Since 2010*, the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives and Bush Library have collaborated on the Hamline Diversity Research Award. Diversity refers to the variety of backgrounds and characteristics found among humankind; thus, it encompasses all aspects of human similarities and differences. Please see the definition of diversity for more information.*See past awardees. The Hamline Diversity Research Award is given annually to an undergraduate who demonstrates excellent facility with scholarly research materials to produce a project on a diversity topic. Nominations are now open from faculty, librarians, and students. A committee appointed by the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives and Bush Library will select the winner and the award will be presented at Honors Day in May. The deadline for submissions for 2014 is March 17th. Students should submit all material to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject heading of "Diversity Award Submission." Submissions must include a cover letter with the student name, title of the project, and student ID number. All other pages, subsequently, should have no identification. Any non-print submissions (art work, audio materials, etc.) must be delivered to the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives in BML 207. Non-print materials must be accompanied by a written description, explanation, and contextualization of the project. Entries will be judged anonymously. Award Criteria The project may be the result of coursework, departmental honors, journalistic writing, or a public presentation. The medium may be print or non-print. The thesis of the project must be on a topic of diversity as defined by Hamline University. The research methods must skillfully utilize a broad range of scholarly research materials to substantiate the thesis, and indicate an understanding of the historical context and the contemporary debates on diversity in higher education. The project will be judged for by a committee of faculty and librarians for originality of thought and effective communication.