William & Mary Student Awards

All William & Mary students in Graduate Arts & Sciences who have had abstracts accepted into the Graduate Research Symposium are welcome to submit papers for these awards. VIMS students are eligible for the Visiting Student Awards, but not the W&M Student Awards.

William & Mary Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Research

Open to all Graduate Arts & Sciences students at William & Mary who have submitted a 5- to 6-page paper for consideration for the GRS William & Mary Student Award and have followed 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 Social Sciences and the top three papers submitted in the category of W&M Natural and 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 
Graduate Studies Advisory Board Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Disciplines typically include American studies, anthropology, history, 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 include American studies, anthropology, history, and public policy.

  • One cash award of $500 and certificate of achievement
  • Two cash awards of $250 each and certificate of achievement
Graduate Studies Advisory Board Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Natural and Computational Sciences

Disciplines typically include applied science, biology, chemistry, computational operations research, computer science, psychological sciences, 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 include applied science, biology, chemistry, computational operations research, computer science, psychological sciences, and physics.

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

Disciplines typically include American studies, anthropology, history, and public policy.

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

Disciplines typically include applied science, biology, chemistry, computational operations research, computer science, psychological sciences and physics.

  • Two cash awards of $250 each 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 need not be finished); and
  5. Presentation, including style, graphics, and references.

Read the award submission guidelines carefully for more information and detailed instructions.

 

GRS Award of Excellence