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Student Awards

Art in the Libraries’ Graduate Student Exhibit Award

As part of its mission, The Art in the Libraries Committee seeks to highlight the art and scholarship of WVU graduate students. With the Graduate Student Exhibits Award, Art in the Libraries committee invites current WVU graduate students to submit ideas for consideration for an exhibit to visually showcase their scholarship in new and experimental ways. These can present a visual evolution of their work, visualize their research and influences, or answer a research question. Graduate student proposals should be based on their academic or creative research and lend themselves to visual interpretation with Library consultation.  

Goals of these awards are to: 

Exhibit Information:

  • Exhibit Location: Downtown Campus Library, Graduate Research Commons,  Room 122
  • Duration: 1 semester
  • Programs: Awardee can optionally give a public lecture, program or demonstration.
  • Award: $500 as professional development funds* 
  • Eligibility: All WVU graduate students 

  • Winners will be selected by the Art in the Libraries Committee. Selection will be based on applications that best meet the award's goals listed above.
  • Applicants may contact Sally Brown , for a tour and/or consultation before applying.

*Awards also include help with design, installation, promotion, and coordination of a public program, offering an opportunity for exposure.

Dean of Libraries Student Award

In an ongoing partnership between the School of Art and Design and the WVU Libraries, the Dead of the Libraries Student Award honors two outstanding student artists during the School of Art and Design's annual BFA Exhibition. Each year, the Libraries awards two BFA students with a $300 prize and will display their works from in the WVU Libraries, thereby bring art and conversation about social and cultural issues into library spaces

Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award is presented annually to a graduating Honors student for outstanding research contributions in the humanities or social sciences that have culminated in the production of an exceptional thesis or capstone research paper.

Winners will be awarded $1,000 and be recognized publicly by the University and the Libraries. The Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award judges may select up to three winners.


To be eligible to win, applicants must:

  • Be an honors student enrolled at West Virginia University as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing.
  • Have conducted original research using resources from the West Virginia University Libraries and used this research to produce a written thesis or capstone paper that reflects individual work, not that of a group or class project.
  • Have completed the research project for a credit course at West Virginia University.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of no less than a 3.4 and have met the additional requirements for graduation as described by the Honors College of West Virginia University.
  • Agree to permit West Virginia University Libraries and the Honors College to use their name, photographs, video images, etc., to promote The Robert F. Munn Undergraduate Library Scholars Award to future participants.
  • Agree to be recognized in University and Library publicity.
  • Agree to have their work published in the  Research Repository @ WVU .

Submission Process:

The completed paper can be submitted anytime during the fall and spring semesters. Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their paper to the Head of the Libraries’ Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support, KellyDiamond,