Winners of the 2016 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research!

Congratulations to this year's winners of the 2016 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research!

This prestigious award recognizes and honors excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA, as exemplified through the thoughtful use of library collections in the creation of an outstanding research project or paper. The prizes were awarded in two categories, and winners received cash prizes of $400 and $700. Winners were chosen by a panel of librarians and faculty.  

Its inspiration comes from Ruth Simon, BA '58, a lover of books and libraries. Guided by her passion for reading and research and wishing to share her devotion to libraries, Simon established the Ruth Simon Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, the first endowment of its kind at UCLA. Its goal is to inspire and reward UCLA undergraduates for conducting outstanding library research now and for generations to come. Winning projects and reflective essays will be posted on eScholarship, the UC’s open-access digital publishing platform.

2016 Winners  
Science, Engineering, & Mathematics – 1st prize

Gregory Caguimbal, Thomas Chun, Hunter Jones, Fadi Rafeedi, and Samuel


“Rack Attack”


Faculty sponsor: Robert Shaefer (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Science, Engineering, & Mathematics – 2nd prize   

Megan LeGresley


“Nature's Games: Will the Global Medical Community Triumph Over Zika Virus?”


Faculty sponsor: Jeffrey H. Miller (Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics)


Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences – 1st prize

Katherine Rother


“The Declining Trend of Child Support Cases in Monterey County, California: An Ethnographic Study Exploring the Dynamics of Case Closures”


Nancy Levine (Anthropology)


Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences – 2nd prize

Christopher Phan


“Music as Mental Medicine”


Faculty sponsor: Helen Rees (Ethnomusicology)