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Graduate Student Outstanding Research Award Guidelines

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Students who graduated in May, August, or December 2014, or who have finished their project and will graduate in May 2015, are eligible to be nominated by any department offering graduate courses. Awards of $100 (provided by the Office of the Provost) are presented at the annual research awards luncheon. See past award winners.


Faculty may nominate students by contacting them directly and encouraging them to prepare a proposal meeting the submission requirements. Nominating faculty must supply a signed nomination letter (on letterhead) for inclusion with the student’s application. All materials must be received by the deadline.

Submission Requirements

Each submission must include the following to be considered:

  1. Title of the research project
  2. Student name, address, phone number, and e-mail address
  3. Abstract (limit: one page)
  4. Theoretical relevance (limit: two pages)
  5. Methodology (limit: one page)
  6. Findings (limit: two pages)
  7. Conclusions and discussion (limit: two pages)
  8. Bibliography (limit: one page)
  9. Nominating letter from student’s supervising faculty member

Additional Instructions

  1. All pages must be numbered and typed double-spaced.
  2. A nominating letter from the student’s supervising faculty member is required. The letter must be on letterhead and signed by the faculty member.
  3. Proposals should be well-written and complete, although there is no need to fill out the page limits in each section.
  4. The proposal must be written by the student applicant; the nominating letter must be written by the student’s supervising faculty member.

Proposal Submission and Deadline

One original proposal with the nominating letter must be submitted to Jean Serio ( either by e-mail or by delivering directly to Room 122 Stright Hall, by 4:30 p.m. on March 2, 2015

If you have questions, please call 724-357-2439 or e-mail Jean Serio at

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Assistant Dean for Research
    Stright Hall, Room 113
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1081
  • Phone: 724-357-7730
  • Fax: 724-357-2715
  • Office Hours
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