Awards and Funding

Research Poster Day participants: Apply for a Dean's Prize!

The Dean's Prize recognizes outstanding undergraduate research 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. Applicants for the award will be evaluated by a staff committee, and a subset of applicants will be selected to 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 (300-500 words) detailing your research accomplishments, how you got involved in your research project, and your future plans and/or research directions
  2. An endorsement from your faculty mentor recommending you for the Dean's Prize. Note: The Dean's Prize committee will contact your faculty mentor directly to submit this recommendation online for you. Please alert your mentor to expect this request after the April 19 Dean's Prize application deadline. You do not need to submit a letter of recommendation yourself.


  • Students giving a poster at Research Poster Day (Tuesday, May 22 in Pauley Pavilion) 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.

Application deadline: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Winners: Winners of the Dean's Prize will be announced during the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 23 from 4-6pm in the Powell Library Rotunda.

Funding Opportunity: UCLA Library Research Poster Grants

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, 2018.

Application deadline: April 15, 2018 (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 http://hass.ugresearch.ucla.edu/urwposters.htm 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.