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Awards for Faculty/Student Mentored Research

The deadline for application for the 2020 awards is 4:30pm MONDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2020.

View the 2020 Faculty/Student Mentored Research Awards Online


The application window for 2020 has closed.  

  • To be considered, the application must be completed in full. This includes the abstract title which should be 3-14 words long and uses language that can be comprehended by the general public, and the abstract (160-250 words) describing the creative, research and/or scholarly work.
  • Students may only submit one application per cycle.
  • Faculty may be included in more than one student entry.
  • Applications must be submitted by 4:30pm on MONDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2020.


  • All full-time or part-time College of Creative Arts faculty and all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Creative Arts are eligible to apply.
  • To be considered for the award, a creative, research and/or scholarly work must be related to the arts and have been completed between March 2, 2019 and March 1, 2020.  


Graduate Student Awards

First Place: $1,000 awarded to the student* and $1,000 for travel awarded to the faculty member. Honorable Mention: If applicable


Undergraduate Awards

First Place: $750 awarded to the student* and $750 for travel awarded to the faculty member. Honorable Mention: If applicable


Each winner will also receive a certificate of achievement.

* Because of federal financial aid guidelines, students may not be able to receive all or part of an award if they are capped in the amount of funds eligible to be received in any academic year. Students will be notified if they fall into this category.  


The primary criteria for the selection of the awards is how applicants demonstrate exceptional work through mentored research in the Arts. This can be evidenced through, but is not necessarily limited to: works, exhibitions, performances, publications, or any other form of scholarly, creative and/or research work related to the Arts. Additional consideration will be given to works that effectively help advance the College’s contributions to the research mission of the University.


Winner Selection

The College’s administrative team (comprised of the Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, and the School’s Directors) will select the winners. Winners will be publicly announced shortly after selection and will be recognized at the College’s annual May commencement ceremony.

Display Requirements

All presentations must be placed in designated display areas of the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby of the Creative Arts Center time and date TBA.


  • The maximum poster size is 46''x 36'' portrait or 36''x46'' landscape.
  • Visual art presentations cannot exceed Height 36" Width 36" Depth 10" maximum for 2-D, and cannot include live organic material, candles, open flames, chemicals, radioactive waste, liquid oils/lubricants, batteries (dry-cell batteries under 12 volts ARE allowed), lab specimens or live animals. 
  • Sculptures cannot exceed: Height 5’ Width 36" Depth 36" floor space when installed. 
  • Presentations must be mounted to the display area using nonpermanent, removable methods.
  • To allow viewers to identify the work, the name of the presenter, faculty mentor, and title of the creative research and/or scholarly work must appear prominently in the display.
  • A printed copy of the abstract included as part of the application for the award must be included in the presentation.
  • The presentation may include diagrams, documentation, charts or illustrations that support the project as well as any results and conclusions.
  • Presentations should be organized in a clear, orderly, and self-explanatory method.
  • Audio/Visual equipment may be used in the presentation; however, it is the participant’s direct responsibility to provide and secure all such equipment for the duration of the display period as well as to remove it at the conclusion of the display period. In lieu of using audio/visual equipment, presenters may include a QR Code in their poster/presentation materials that will take viewers to an online audio/video link.
  • Wireless Internet access is available.
  • Power supply is limited and will be available on a first come/first serve basis.
  • Presenters are responsible for:
    • All actual display materials which comprise the presentation.
    • Materials for securing the posters to the display area.
    • Printing of any handouts that accompany the display.
    • Laptop and power cords, if applicable.
    • Any audio/visual equipment needed for the display, if applicable. 

Display Set-up and Removal 

Please check back for updated display information.


Special Notes

Both the content of the research/creative activity and the quality of the actual displayed materials are factors in the decision process. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to carefully proof all submitted and displayed work. Also remember that a successful presentation depends on how information is conveyed to the audience.


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