William & Mary Student Awards

All William & Mary Arts & Sciences students (not including VIMS students) who have had abstracts accepted into W&M's Graduate Research Symposium are welcome to submit papers for these awards.

William & Mary Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Research

Open to all William & Mary A&S Students from all disciplines who have submitted a 5-6 page paper for consideration for the Graduate Research Symposium William & Mary Student Award, following all formatting guidelines and instructions on the Award Submissions page. No separate submission is required. The top three papers submitted in the category of W&M Humanities and the top three papers submitted in the category of W&M Natural & Computational Sciences will compete for the overall top paper award.  The papers will be scored by a panel of three judges distinct from the judges who score the papers submitted for the W&M Humanities awards and the W&M Natural & Computational Sciences awards.

  • One cash award of $2,000 and certificate of achievement 
Market Access International, Inc. Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

(Disciplines typically consist of American Studies, Anthropology, History, Psychology, and Public Policy)

  • One cash award of $1,000 and certificate of achievement 
Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

(Disciplines typically consist of American Studies, Anthropology, History, Psychology, and Public Policy)

  • One cash award of $500 and certificate of achievement
  • Two cash awards of $250 and certificate of achievement
Northrop Grumman Corporation Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Natural and Computational Sciences

(Disciplines typically consist of Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computational Operations Research, Computer Science, and Physics)

  • One cash award of $1,000 and certificate of achievement
Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Natural and Computational Science

(Disciplines typically consist of Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computational Operations Research, Computer Science, and Physics)

  • One cash award of $500 and certificate of achievement
  • Two cash awards of $250 and certificate of achievement 
Carl J. Strikwerda Award for Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Master’s students)

(Disciplines typically consist of American Studies, Anthropology, History, Psychology, and Public Policy)

  • Two cash awards of $250 and certificate of achievement
Carl J. Strikwerda Award for Excellence in the Natural and Computational Sciences (Master’s students)

(Disciplines typically consist of Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computational Operations Research, Computer Science, and Physics)

  • Two cash awards of $250 and certificate of achievement

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All of the awards above acknowledge students whose paper shows:

  1. Original investigation and the integration of knowledge, and
  2. Distinguished excellence in scholarship through potential contribution to the discipline and recognition by peers.
Judging Criteria

In determining the quality of the paper, judges will look for:

  1. a clear statement of the problem/question,
  2.  the methods used to address the problem/question and the use of evidence, 
  3. identification of original contributions and contributions by other scholars,
  4. statement of conclusions or progress to date (the work does NOT have to be finished), and
  5. presentation; including style, graphics, and references.

Award submission and application guidelines can be found on the web at: http://www.wm.edu/as/graduate/graduate-symposium/awards/award-submissions/index.php

VIMS students cannot apply for W&M Awards