Feb 16, 2013 12:49 PM by KATC

Writing Competition for UL Students: $500 Prize for Winner

University of Louisiana at Lafayette students can convert their words into cash by winning this year's Edith Garland Dupré Library Caffery Competition.

The undergraduate or graduate student who submits a research paper judged to have the write stuff receives the Jefferson Caffery Research Award and $500.

The award is provided by a fund established in 1967 by Ambassador and Mrs. Jefferson Caffery. A 1903 graduate of UL Lafayette, Caffery served as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, Columbia, Cuba, Brazil, France and Egypt.

The competition is in place to encourage students to conduct scholarly research utilizing primary source materials that are part of the library's Special Collections.

Materials in the library's Jefferson Caffery Louisiana Room, the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collections, the Rare Book Collection, the Cajun and Creole Music Collection and microforms can be used for research.

Library staff is available for consultation.

Caffery Competition entries must be submitted by March 9 as email attachments sent to

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel comprised of members of the library committee, staff and others designated by the panel.

Entries will judged on quality of research, clarity and writing skill.

The extent of the author's use of the designated primary source materials from the library's Special Collections also will be considered.

Unless none of the submitted entries are deemed to meet the competition's standards and criteria, a winner will be announced on April 8.

Additional guidelines can be found in brochures available at library.

For more information about the award, contact Dr. Bruce Turner, assistant dean of special collection services, at 482-5702.

For more information about the Edith Garland Dupré Library, visit



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