• Diversity Research Awards

    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 Convocation in May.
     
    The deadline for submissions for 2017 is Thursday, March 9th at 5pm.
     
    Students should submit all material to diversity@hamline.edu with a subject heading of "Diversity Research Award Submission."  All submissions must include a cover page with the student name, title of the project, course faculty or project adviser, and student ID number. All other page should have no identification. Submissions should also include the critically reflective discussion (see criteria below).  Any non-print submissions (art work, oral/visual presentations, audio recordings, etc.) that cannot be sent via email must be delivered to t. aaron hans, Acting Director of the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives in Anderson 317A. Non-print materials must be accompanied by a written description, explanation, and contextualization of the project (see criteria below). 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, social, and disciplinary context of the research and show awareness of the contemporary debates on diversity in higher education.
    • Each project, print or non-print, must include a critically reflective two-page discussion which describes the research process and methodology, offers an explanation of why those research choices were made, and what concrete gains were made for future learning goals for the researcher.
    • The project will be judged by a committee of faculty and librarians, and the Director of the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives for originality of thought and effective communication.