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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 students 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 a student enrolled at West Virginia University as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing; conducted original research using resources from the West Virginia University Libraries; and used this research to produce a paper that reflects individual work, not that of a group or class project. Research papers should reflect substantial effort, such as a thesis or capstone.
  • Agree to permit West Virginia University Libraries 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 .


The research topic must be in the realms of the humanities or social sciences.


Judges will evaluate the submissions on:

  • Research goes beyond mere summary of past scholarship
  • Correct use of a standardized citation format
  • Clarity of writing
  • Originality*
  • Use of West Virginia University Libraries' resources: this can include consultations with subject librarians

*Submission is student's own work rather than to assist a faculty member's current research.

Submission Process:

The completed paper can be submitted anytime during the fall and spring semesters. The deadline is Friday, June 2nd, 2023.

Applicants should submit:

  • An electronic copy of their paper
  • A short reflective memo, no more than 500 words, describing how they used WVU Libraries
  • An abstract of no more than 100 words

Email paper, memo, and abstract to the Head of the Libraries’ Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support, Kelly Diamond,


The Robert F. Munn Library Scholars was established during the fall of 2008 in honor of Dr. Robert F. Munn, Dean of Library Services from 1957-1986. Dean Munn nurtured the West Virginia and Regional History Collection, the Appalachian Collection, and a unique East Africa collection. He maintained strong collections in the humanities, especially American history and literature. The Libraries’ collections in these areas today are remarkably complete and are a legacy of Dean Munn’s consistent care.

Munn was born in Seattle and grew up in Pittsburgh, where his father was director of the Carnegie Library. He received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin, his master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and his doctorate from the University of Michigan.