Image: cIRcle Graduate Non-Thesis Research Submission Workflow Overview
The GSS (Graduate Student Society) cIRcle Open Scholar Award was a lottery based award held twice a year for graduate students at UBC Vancouver which went live on July 9, 2012.
Graduate students were eligible to submit exemplary non-thesis manuscripts or projects related to graduate coursework to the GSS (Graduate Student Society) cIRcle Open Scholar Award, with approval from their course instructors.
A random selection was made from items submitted to cIRcle during the previous 6 month period – four awards will be made per annum, two in April and two in October.
The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award was a five-year (2012-2017) collaboration of the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle/UBC Library.
The first two awards were presented on October 18, 2012 and the last few awards were presented before the Award ended on May 1, 2017.
Congratulations to the 2016 & 2017 Award winners – Victor Ngo and Ali Hosseini* (April 2016); Jean-Paul Andre Joseph Benoit and Amy Myring (October 2016); and, Keilee Mok and Alejandra Echeverri** (April 2017)!
* Note: Co-authors are faculty members and were not eligible for the award.
** Note: Co authors had graduated prior to the award period and were, therefore, ineligible.
Over the course of its five-year term, the Award was presented to the randomly-selected UBC graduate students for their exemplary non-thesis research work in either traditional and/or interdisciplinary fields of study:
- Civil Engineering
- Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CENES)
- Community and Regional Planning (SCARP)
- Computer Science
- Educational Studies
- Forest Resources Management
- Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS)
- Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)
- Physical Therapy
- Theatre and Film
“I am grateful for the efforts of those responsible for cIRcle
because I see it as a positive alternative that facilitates sharing of research and work.
cIRcle catalyzes the sharing and building of ideas, motivating students to
improve their work and to give back to the research community that provides so much for them.”
– Robert DeAbreu, GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award Winner, April 2013
While the Award officially ended on 1 May 2017, the Award collection was aptly renamed and became the new UBC Graduate Research collection in cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository which now incorporates exemplary non-thesis research work from UBC Okanagan graduate students too. Hooray!
The UBC Graduate Research collection welcomes exemplary graduate student non-thesis research such as the following:
- Essays or papers
- Graduating papers or projects (Capstone, etc.)
- Presentations (including research posters)
- Publisher-permitted versions of journal articles, conference papers, etc. based on course-related research
- Software code
- Technical reports
- Video and audio based projects
With too many benefits to list, below are just a sampling of such when making your UBC graduate student non-thesis research openly accessible via cIRcle:
- Create/enhance your academic and professional scholarly profile
- Track views and downloads from cities and countries around the world
- Openly disseminate your UBC research with scholars locally and globally
- Your work is regularly indexed by web search engines (Google, Google Scholar, etc.)
- Preserve your UBC scholarly legacy with a DOI (persistent link)