The Dean’s Prize for the humanities, arts, and social sciences recognizes outstanding undergraduate research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences at Research Poster Day. Students are selected to receive a Dean’s Prize award based on 1) their research accomplishments (detailed in the Dean’s Prize application), and 2) the excellence of their poster presentations during the Research Poster Day event. The Dean’s Prize applications will first be evaluated by the Dean’s Prize committee, and a subset of applicants will be reviewed by faculty judges on site at Research Poster Day.

The Dean’s Prize Award Application consists of two parts:

  1. A personal statement (approximately 500 words) detailing your research accomplishments, how you got involved in your research project, and your future plans and/or research directions. The application is available here.
  2. A letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor (or a faculty member who is familiar with your research). Be sure to provide your faculty mentor with the Dean’s Prize Letter of Recommendation form. The letter of recommendation must be received by the application deadline below.


  • Students with junior and senior standing who are giving a poster at Research Poster Day are eligible to apply for a Dean’s Prize award.
  • If you are presenting your poster with other students (i.e. if your poster has multiple authors and one or more of the other authors are presenting the poster with you at Research Poster Day), then you cannot be judged for the Dean’s Prize. Only students who are the sole presenters of their posters are eligible for the Dean’s Prize.
  • If you have previously won a Dean’s Prize at Research Poster Day, then you are not eligible to reapply for a Dean’s Prize.
  • Please note that this application is for students doing research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. If you are doing research in the sciences, you should apply for the Dean’s Prize for the sciences.

Application deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12 pm

Winners: Winners of the Dean’s Prize will be announced during the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Reception and Awards Ceremony on in the Powell Library Rotunda.


The UCLA Library Research Poster Grant supports the costs of research poster printing at the UCLA Library.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Students doing research in all disciplines can apply for the grant by indicating how their use of UCLA Library resources, services, or collections helped them develop their projects.
  • Grant recipients will be notified by April 30, 2020.

Application deadline: April 15, 2020 (note: the UCLA Library Research Poster Grant application is part of the general application to participate in Undergraduate Research Week, available in March)

Other Poster Funding: Students are encouraged to ask their departments and faculty mentors whether funding to print their posters is available. Please see the Poster Guidelines page for more information on campus printing rates and locations, as well as information on how to create a poster if you choose not to have it professionally printed.