Patricia and Peter Shannon Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize

The Patricia and Peter Shannon Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize is awarded to current undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Toronto during each academic year.

The purpose of this prize is to showcase and award students’ effective and innovative use of information sources and the development of their understanding of what it means to be information literate in the 21st century.

This prize provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their information-seeking experience, showcase their research beyond the classroom, and promote scholarship excellence at the undergraduate level at University of Toronto.


What are students being judged on?

Students are judged on their use of information sources for a course assignment.
(see How to apply for more information)

The judging panel will evaluate each project based on:

  • where the students look for information sources

  • what resources and/or services (library or information-related) the students use during the research or information-seeking process

  • how the students evaluate and select the information sources incorporated in the assignment/project

The focus of the prize is based on effective and innovative searching, and the use of information sources. The reflective statement is key to a strong and successful application, and will hold the most weight with judges, rather than the research assignment.

Additional Resources

  • Evaluation rubric that will be used in the judging phase. 

  • Research logs that can be used to help keep track of the research process. Refer to Research Logs – Templates and Tools located at the bottom of the page.  (Note: a research log does not need to be submitted)


Applicants must be first-entry undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Toronto. Applicants from any discipline or major, and from any campus, are encouraged to apply. UTSC students cannot submit the same assignment to both the Wilson Undergraduate Research Prize and the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize.

Assignments or research projects completed for course work at the University of Toronto during Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Winter 2024 are eligible for submission.


Up to six (6) prizes for $1000 each will be awarded each academic year.

​The prize will be awarded at the discretion of the awards committee and all six prizes may not be awarded annually.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

For any other questions or more information, please email



Submission deadline: Sunday, April 14, 2024, 11:59 PM ET.

Prize ceremony: Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 2-4 PM ET.