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Center for Research on Vermont

Center for Research on Vermont Student Awards for Vermont Research Guidelines

Student Awards for Vermont Research

The Center for Research on Vermont announces two undergraduate awards for research projects on a Vermont topic:


George B. Bryan Award

For excellence in a project or paper on a Vermont topic completed for a one-semester course.

Recommended length: 10-25 pages.

Offered annually in memory of UVM Professor of Theatre and former Center Director George B. Bryan (1939-1996).

Andrew E. Nuquist Award

For outstanding research on a Vermont topic, usually awarded to a culminating study, usually a thesis or year-long project.

Recommended length: No limit.

Offered annually since 1982 in memory of UVM Political Science Professor Andrew E. Nuquist (1905-1975).

All college and university undergraduate students are eligible for the competition.

Award winners receive $100 cash prizes donated by the Center and are intended to promote excellence in student research on Vermont topics

Award-winning projects will be archived in the UVM Bailey-Howe Library's Special Collections and made available to researchers

The Committee neither gives preference to, nor discriminates against, projects by more than one author, or, in the case of the Nuquist Award, projects which have taken more than one year to complete, or projects which have been supported in whole or in part by grants or other third-party funding. Projects which result from internships with governmental agencies or other nonacademic groups are also eligible for the Nuquist Award.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGEs FOR 2017: Projects must have been completed within the calendar period beginning January 1, 2015, and ending April 29, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competitions.Student winners are expected to attend the annual meeting on the evening of May 11.

Submission Directions

1. Coversheet
Student name(s), institution(s), mailing address(es), email address(es), and telephone number(s), major(s) and year(s) in college.

Faculty sponsor (advisor) name, email address, and telephone number. If the project received outside funding, this should be indicated, as well.

2. Recommendation letter
A letterfrom the nominating faculty member, stating why the project merits the award. Faculty sponsors are encouraged to be as specific as possible in outlining how the project compares to the work of others, what unique contributions it makes, evidence of unusual initiative, etc. If projects submitted in the Nuquist Award category are of multiyear duration or resulted from work done for a nonacademic agency, such as might occur on internships, that information should be clearly stated and a letter of recommendation from the agency supervisor should also be included.

3. Project abstract
Summary of the project, not to exceed one typewritten, double-spaced page, written in "lay" language, understandable to people outside of the discipline.

4. Project
Projects may be submitted in hard copy or by email. Documents may be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Footnotes and bibliography should follow a format accepted by the discipline, e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style. The Center may keep all materials until after the award ceremony in May, 2016, so students should be sure to keep copies for themselves.


Submit all projects to:
Mary Driscoll -

Any questions, please contact:
Richard Watts, Director -

Center for Research on Vermont

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