To be eligible for the awards, individual applicants must:
- Be a currently enrolled University of Maryland College Park undergraduate at any class level, and in any discipline (e.g. arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering).
- Have completed their research paper/project for a credit course or under the direction of a professor or a librarian at the University of Maryland College Park during the past calendar year (e.g. January to December 2020).
- Agree to attend Undergraduate Research Day on the last Wednesday of April each year, if you are a winning awardee.
- Agree to submit their research paper/project to the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM). Research papers are not eligible for consideration if they are pending review by the publisher, accepted for publication, or already published in print or digital form.
- Have their research papers/projects and the essay written in English. For papers written in a foreign language, follow the guidelines in FAQ section, item #7.
- Agree to have the application used as data in a study on trends of undergraduate information seeking and use.
To be eligible for an IDEA Award for Undergraduate Research, the research paper should focus on research that promotes our understanding of diversity issues including but not limited to race/ethnicity, gender identity, religious heritage, socio-economic status, first-generation university students, veterans, disability/ableism, ageism, national origin/immigration status, indigenous heritage, sexual orientation, etc.