These awards recognize Arts & Sciences graduate students for outstanding papers based on thesis research or scholarship to earn an MA, MS, or MPP degree at William & Mary. Up to four awards of $250 each are provided annually, up to two in the Humanities and Social Sciences and up to two in the Natural and Computational Sciences.
To be considered for an award, Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) presenters from William & Mary may 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.