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Research Award: Student Application & Information

Information about cash prize for research during the current academic year.

Eligibility Guidelines

Students must be enrolled at VWU.

Research must have been completed to meet requirements for a VWU course taken and completed at VWU between summer 2023 and spring 2024.

The research should include the use of library-based sources, including but not limited to, print materials, sources from online databases, web resources, and materials obtained through interlibrary loan.

Application Dates

  • Wed, April 24, 2024: Last day to submit applications      
    Application, essay, draft or final version of research and faculty support letter due. All must be submitted electronically to the library:
  • April 25-29, 2024: Review of applications and judging      
    VWU faculty judges will review applications packages.
  • Fri., May 3, 2024: Honors Convocation      
    Announcement of awards at Honors Convocation, Convocation Center, Virginia Wesleyan University.

Part 1 of 4 - Application



Download and complete the application form below.  Send as email attachment to by April 24, 2024.

Part 2 of 4 - Application Essay

Compose a brief 500-750 word essay describing your research strategies and use of library tools and resources. Consider describing resources and techniques used for research, evaluation of information searches, assistance from your instructor and/or library staff and what research skills you may have learned.  Tell about the good and the bad. Send as email attachment to by April 24, 2024.

Part 3 of 4 - Faculty Recommendation

Part of the application is a letter of support from the instructor.  Please ask your instructor for this letter 10 days in advance so that it will be completed by the deadline of April 24, 2024.

Part 4 of 4 - Research Paper or Project

Submit either a draft or the final version of your research project including the bibliography.  Send as email attachment to by April 24, 2024.

Note: If the student research project is not a written document, please submit a description of your project and any written work that was completed as part of the project.