These awards recognize William & Mary Arts & Sciences graduate students for their outstanding written papers on thesis research or scholarship to earn an MA, MS, or MPP degree. Up to two $250 awards are provided annually in each of these categories:
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Natural and Computational Sciences
To be considered for an award, Graduate Research Symposium presenters from William & Mary submit a 5-6 page paper discussing their research. Students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at the GRS will be given an opportunity to submit their essay roughly two months before the symposium. Papers are judged blindly by a multidisciplinary panel of William & Mary faculty and Graduate Studies Advisory Board members.
In the spring of 2011, the Arts & Sciences Graduate Studies Advisory Board voted unanimously in support of the Board’s concept for initiating these annual awards. Recipients have been commended for original investigation and the integration of knowledge, and distinguished excellence in scholarship through potential contributions to the discipline and recognition by peers.