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Awards for Faculty/Student Mentored Research

The 2021 College of Creative Arts Faculty/Student Mentored Research Displays will be showcased on a virtual platform beginning March 22, 2021 through April 18, 2021. Judging will occur in April and awards will be announced at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.



  • 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. 
  • The application must include a statement from your faculty mentor(s) describing their mentorship of the research/creative activity. 
  • The application must include an “unlisted” YouTube link to an audio/visual recording introducing yourself and your research/creative work. Presentations are limited to a maximum of 5 minutes.  
  • 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 FRIDAY, MARCH 5th, 2021. 


  • 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 1, 2020 and March 4, 2021.   


Graduate Student Awards 

First Place: $1,000 awarded to the student* and $1,000 for travel awarded to the faculty member. (If 2 faculty mentors, faculty travel award $500 each.)  

Honorable Mention: If applicable 

Undergraduate Awards 

First Place: $750 awarded to the student* and $750 for travel awarded to the faculty member. (If 2 faculty mentors, faculty travel award $500 each.)  

Honorable Mention: If applicable 

NEW! Collaborative Awards 

Two or more students (any combination of undergraduate and graduate students); One or more faculty mentors. 

First Place: $1,500 total awarded to students*, split evenly between each student, and $2,000 for travel awarded to the faculty member, split evenly between faculty members if more than one mentor. 

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, the School’s Directors, and the Director of the Art Museum) will select the winners. Winners will be publicly announced shortly after selection and will be publicly recognized. 

Display Requirements

The 2021 Mentored Research submissions will be displayed on a virtual platform. Presentations may include Poster Presentations; Oral Presentations; Visual Arts Presentations; and Performing Arts Presentations.  


Within the application form you will upload your research title; abstract; statement from faculty mentor(s), and images and/or video links. You can provide additional written material to describe the specific images/video content. Due to accessibility standards, please do not include written material within the images themselves (ie., do not submit a picture of your full poster). Instead, include images and written content separately so that the Creative Arts communications team can showcase your research virtually while being ADA compliant.


Students are encouraged to view the 2020 virtual display as a guide for successful submissions. 

Students who plan to also apply for the WVU Undergraduate Spring Symposium (deadline March 19th, 2021) should follow the guidelines at this link to create a presentation that is eligible for both the College of Creative Arts award and the University-level Undergraduate Symposium. 


For further guidance on research/creative activity abstract guidelines in humanities, creative arts, and performing and visual arts at the national level, read the NCUR (National Council on Undergraduate Research) Guidelines 2021.


Questions about the application? Email Mikylah Myers, Assistant Dean of Student Artistic Achievement, at 

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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