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Call for Submissions: Fifth Annual Margery Somers Foster Undergraduate Multimedia Award

February 17, 2015

From "The Project of Transformation" by Mariah Eppes

From "Home" by Jamie Deradorian-Delia

Rutgers University Libraries and the Margery Somers Foster Center invite submissions for the Fifth Annual Margery Somers Foster Undergraduate Multimedia Award.  This award acknowledges the creative use of university library collections and resources in the production of a multimedia-based project focused on women's or gender issues. All Rutgers University undergraduates of any discipline are eligible to apply.  The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 26.

Three award semifinalists will be selected and the recipient of the Undergraduate Multimedia Award will be presented with $300 during the Celebrating Creativity event at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on Thursday, April 16 from 3-5 p.m. Attendance at this event is required to receive the award.

Possible project submissions may include, but are in no way limited to: video interviews, video documentaries, dynamic websites, creative multimedia performances, mash-ups, video art/poetry, and other innovative digital multimedia projects. 

Last year’s call for submissions elicited an enthusiastic response from Rutgers students and two co-winners were chosen for the award:  Project of Transformation, a short documentary film by Mariah Eppes that chronicles the life and work of Cheryl Clarke, a poet, feminist activist, and former Rutgers Dean of Students; and Home, by Jamie Deradorian-Delia, a documentary/video art piece that discusses the pressures that one woman feels to conform to societal standards of beauty.  Read more about last year’s award winners and honorable mentions here.

Organized in conjunction with Undergraduate Research Month, this is a unique opportunity for undergraduate scholars to showcase their multimedia projects with faculty, students, university administrators, librarians, and members of the public.

Find the guidelines for submission and the online submission form here.

For more information about the award, please email Kayo Denda, head, Margery Somers Foster Center.