Students participating in the IUP Scholars Forum are eligible for several awards, which are presented at the awards ceremony following the Graduate Scholars Forum. Some awards require an additional application or proposal.
Each college dean provides funding in support of a Dean’s Award. The Dean’s Award is given to the top ranked project (poster or presentation) in each college.
The Outstanding Poster award is given to the top ranked poster in each college. In the event that the Dean’s Award has been given
to the top-ranked poster, the Outstanding Poster award will be
awarded to the second-highest ranked poster
The Outstanding Oral Presentation award is given to the top ranked oral presentation in each college. In the event that the Dean’s Award has been given to the top-ranked oral presentation, the Outstanding Presentation award will be awarded to the second-highest ranked oral presentation.
The ECO award has been a proud part of the IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum and Graduate Scholars Forum since 2012.
This award is given to the undergraduate and graduate researchers that exhibit excellence in scholarship and innovation in sustainability – through research with the applied potential to foster more sustainable practices, policies, or cultures in our campus and broader communities. Judging occurs by a committee of ECO students and faculty.
The mission of the Environmentally Conscious Organization of IUP is to increase public awareness of environmental problems and to encourage the active involvement of students in developing solutions. Through various programs and activities, the Environmentally Conscious Organization lets the IUP community know that solutions to environmental problems are not out of reach and they can help fight the battle on a local and national level.
Sigma Xi, the
Scientific Research Honor Society, honors excellence in scientific
investigation and encourages a sense of companionship and cooperation among
researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Sigma Xi poster awards recognize superior
research by students at IUP, and are given to the 3 best scientific research posters
at the UGSF and also the GSF.
Any student with a poster in an area judged by Sigma Xi and exhibited at the
Undergraduate Scholars Forum or the Graduate Scholars Forum will be
automatically entered. Sigma Xi research
spans the disciplines of Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Computer Science, Geography, Geoscience, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.
Posters will be judged on overall
quality and how well student researchers demonstrate specific elements. The
first element is SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT, which requires a clear statement of the
research problem and hypotheses, careful planning of the research, significance
to the student’s field, and an understanding of the ideas central to the
research. The next element is the SCIENTIFIC METHOD, where judges will look for
evidence that the method of investigation is appropriate for the problem,
sufficient data have been collected to justify the research results, the
student’s own work is clearly reflected in the project, and journal citations
and references are included. Projects demonstrating more student effort and
involvement will be favored over short term projects. The third element is
COMMUNICATION, requiring a presentation that can be clearly understood, is well
organized and easy to follow, neat and professional, includes an abstract, and is
enhanced by the visuals displayed.
The S-COAM Award is given by Sigma Xi for the best computational
poster at the IUP Scholars Forum. All
science posters are evaluated for the computational nature of the project
undertaken, with no additional submission necessary. Higher scores are given to
posters where advanced skills are needed, such as writing the computational
framework or developing the software used in the project. Intermediate scores are
given for using advanced features of existing software, and lower scores include
using standard analysis tools and spread sheets. Preference will be given to
projects demonstrating that students have done much of the computational
development. This award is sponsored by the Scholarship-Creating Opportunities
for Applying Mathematics program (S-COAM) which is funded by the National Science
IUP Libraries is dedicated to providing
researchers the resources, spaces, and services necessary to enable them to carry
out high-quality research and inquiry. The IUP Libraries Award for
Undergraduate Research was created to recognize high-quality scholarly work
based on a foundation of careful background research and literature review in
projects submitted to the Undergraduate Scholars Forum.