UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Winners

Blue graphic reading 2022 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research with library reading room in the backgroundDuring UCLA's Undergraduate Research Week (May 23-27), the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA. This year, eight outstanding scholars are being recognized for their use of Library resources in for a research paper or course project. Their submitted research will be hosted on eScholarship, the University of California's open access publishing platform.

Winners of these eight prizes, spanning four categories, are being revealed on the Library’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts throughout the week. Their accomplishments are also being recognized during the Undergraduate Research Week Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 27, starting at 2 p.m. PT and streaming live on Facebook.


Science, Engineering and Math First Prize ($700)
Researcher:
 Arjun Verma '23 
Major: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Project title: Parsimonious Machine Learning Models to Predict Resource Use in Cardiac Surgery Across a Statewide Collaborative (read on eScholarship)
Faculty sponsor: Peyman Benharash, M.D., David Geffen School of Medicine

Blue graphic 2022 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research  Arjun Verma ’23 Science, Engineering and Math – First Prize


Science, Engineering and Math Second Prize ($400)
Researcher:
 Aishwarya Atmakuri '23 
Major: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Project title: Metabolic Regulation of Cell Identity and Therapy Response in Prostate Cancer (read on eScholarship)
Faculty sponsor: Andrew Goldstein, M.D., David Geffen School of Medicine
 "The field of cancer biology and therapy resistance is constantly changing, so I found the collection of reputable databases from the UCLA Library extremely helpful for up-to-date information. These resources were especially important in developing the rationale and background of my project. Additionally, Library research guides taught me how to use citation managers, which helped me keep track of the literature I was reading." Aishwarya Atmakuri 2022 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Science,


Science, Engineering and Math Second Prize ($400)
Researcher: Amina Durrani '23 
Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Project title: The Direct and Indirect Effects of HIV-1 on Cells of the Central Nervous System (read on eScholarship)
Faculty sponsor: Bennett Novitch, M.D., Neuroscience


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences First Prize ($700)
Researcher: Ashley Leung '22 
Major: English
Project title: Liberate the Asian American Writer: Embracing the Flaws of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (read on eScholarship)
Faculty sponsor: Jinqui Ling, Ph.D., English
The patience of UCLA Library staff and accessibility of virtual tutorials eased the daunting tasks of obtaining digital scans during the pandemic and physically navigating through endless shelves of material. Virtual research workshops were essential to guiding me through citation management software (Zotero) and Library search tools. In the beginning stages of my research, when I was most disoriented, Library staff members were quick to send potential sources and refer me to professors conducting similar r


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Second Prize ($400)
Researchers: Catherine Hamilton '25 and Patrick Ma '23 
Majors: English/Political Science | Human Biology and Society
Project title: When Court-Made Rules Fail: Leveraging the Private Market to Stop Misinformation in Advertising (read on eScholarship)
Faculty sponsor: David Biderman, J.D., LawCatherine Hamilton ’25 & Patrick Ma '23 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Second Prize"The UCLA Library allowed us to conduct the secondary research we needed to add a vitally necessary human element to our article’s central argument: That the law as it stands today fails to effectively discourage big companies from lying to their customers. Our article also analyzed many court cases, made available through NexisUni, which the UCLA Library provides." Catherine Hamilton ’25 2022 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Second Prize


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Second Prize ($400)
Researchers Nathaniel Singer '22 
Majors: Public Affairs and History
Project title: Soviet Simulacrum: The Almaty Metro and Kazakh Independence (read on eScholarship)
Faculty sponsor: Miloš Jovanović, Ph.D., History

2022 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research   Nathanial Singer ’22 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences –  Second Prize   alt text slide 2:   "The nature of my thesis required a varied collection of sources, and the vast Library collection and resources were instrumental to writing an accurate paper."


Special Collections and Archives Prize ($350)
Researcher: Isabel Best '22 
Major: Geography
Project title: Food Sovereignty as Purpose and Strategy: The Role of Agriculture in the Zapatista Approach to Indigenous Autonomy and Governance from Below (read on eScholarship)
Faculty sponsor: Josh Mayer, Anthropology