William and Mary

Anticipated Visiting Student Awards


These awards acknowledge graduate students from visiting institutions whose research presentation 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.

The intent of these awards is to acknowledge the intellectual, creative, and cooperative research work of visiting graduate students presenting their research at the 2014 Graduate Research Symposium (GRS).


Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
(Disciplines typically consist of, but are not limited to: American Studies, Anthropology, History, Psychology, and Public Policy)

One cash award of $500 and certificate of achievement

One cash award of $250 and certificate of achievement

Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Natural and Computational Sciences

(Disciplines typically consist of, but are not limited to: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computational Operations Research, Computer Science, and Physics)

One cash award of $500 and certificate of achievement

One cash award of $250 and certificate of achievement 




1)  Must be a graduate student accepted to present at the 2014 Graduate Research Symposium (GRS).
2)  An accepted presenter may choose to be considered for an award by completing and submitting a 5 - 6 page, double-spaced, paper that describes the research he/she is presenting at the GRS by 11:59 pm E.S.T. on January 3, 2014.
3)  Graduate students may select only one award field based on their discipline (Humanities & Social Sciences or Natural & Computational Sciences) in which to compete.
4)  Award winners will be notified prior to the GRS and are expected to attend the Award Ceremony and Luncheon on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

A multidisciplinary judging panel of selected W&M faculty and experts in the disciplines will rank the papers anonymously.  The judging panel retains the right to eliminate award categories based upon number and quality of paper submissions.

Please contact the Symposium Committee prior to submitting your award paper if you have any questions .


Please review the following guidelines carefully to ensure that your submission is eligible for the competition and that it is judged in the correct category. Submissions that do not comply with one or more of the following guidelines will be disqualified from the competition.


  1. The paper should be a maximum of SIX (6) double-spaced PAGES of text.
  2. You must place all charts, figures, images, references, bibliography, etc., after the last page of text, as appendices.  Charts, figures, images, references, bibliography, etc., do not count toward the six page limit.
  3. The text should be a single column. Papers received that are in two-column format (i.e.: a paper already formatted for journal publication) will be rejected.
  4. All papers should be submitted in Times NewRoman 12 point font with 1" margins on all sides.
  5. DO NOT put your name, co-author names, or institutional affiliation anywhere on the paper including in the footnotes so that it can be judged blindly.
  6. In the event that a paper submitted wins an award and has co-authors, the award check will be issued to the person who submits the paper. Certificates will be printed and issued to the co-authors at the Awards Ceremony.
  7. Save your paper as a PDF document where the filename is your name (ex: thomas_jefferson.pdf). Please ensure that the text is exactly how you want to submit it. You are not allowed to resubmit a paper for errors discovered after submission.
  8. E-mail your submission as an attachment to this address: In your e-mail subject, you must include the following information: Which award field you intend to compete in:
    • GRS – Award Paper Submission –Humanities & Social Sciences
    • GRS –Award Paper Submission – Natural & Computational Sciences
  9. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your submission within 24 hours; if you do not, please re-send it.

Failure to comply with all of these guidelines will disqualify your paper from consideration for an award. Decisions made by the Graduate ResearchSymposium Committee are final; there is no appeal process, however you are welcome to reapply next year.

Award paper submissions that do not follow ALL of the above guidelines or are submitted after 11:59 pm E.S.T. on January 3, 2014 will NOT be considered or acknowledged.




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.