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Annual Caffery Competition: Call for Student Papers

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Dupré Library and the University Library Committee take great pleasure in announcing the Caffery Competition and annual award for the most outstanding scholarly research paper submitted by a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student and which meets the criteria of the competition.

Ambassador and Mrs. Jefferson Caffery donated, in 1967, a gift of $5,000 to be used to establish the Jefferson Caffery Research Fund. The interest derived from this fund permits the University Library Committee to recognize outstanding scholarly research utilizing primary source materials held in the Special Collections. This recognition is provided through the annual award of $500 (five hundred dollars) identified as the Jefferson Caffery Research Award.

This award is based on competitive review of original research papers submitted to the competition. Research papers must adhere to the following guidelines:

TOPIC. No restrictions are placed on the topic or subject matter of submitted papers; however, all papers must cite or directly investigate primary source materials held in Special Collections (University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection, Louisiana Room, Rare Book Collection, Ernest J. Gaines Center, Cajun and Creole Music Collection, Microforms and U.S. Government Information).

FORMAT. All papers must be typed in a standard non-script font no smaller than twelve characters per inch, double-spaced, unbound and adherent to the style manual recommended in the author's discipline. Text of papers should not exceed thirty pages.

ABSTRACT. All papers are to include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Identify the style manual being followed.

GENERAL. All papers must be in English and must be in the work of a single author.

The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of UL Lafayette who are not full-time continuing faculty or staff. The students must be currently enrolled or have completed the submitted paper during the previous two academic semesters (not counting summer school). Entries are to be submitted by March 7, 2016. If a winner is selected, an announcement will be made in early April.

Find more information, view the Annual Caffery Competition Guide or Competition Brochure.