William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowment Fund of the Academical Village in support of the Educational Program

Student Research Awards: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The William R. Kenan Endowment Fund of the Academical Village has established an endowment to fund educational outreach programs that further the educational mission of Jefferson’s Academical Village. The fund will support five awards of $5,000 ($4,000 for students, $1,000 for faculty advisors) for full-time research to be conducted during the summer of 2015. Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Virginia are eligible to apply. The awards are open to students in all disciplines, all departments, and all schools.

In accord with the stated purposes of the endowment, the 2015 summer grants will support educational opportunities for students to conduct research projects that increase public understanding of the Academical Village. These research projects may include architectural or field internships; development of exhibitions and other educational opportunities to inform and engage the public (of all ages) in the history, evolution, and restoration of this World Heritage site; preparation of materials on historic preservation for publication and public distribution; and other educational outreach initiatives.

Applications are due by March 23, 2015.

Please submit the following as a .pdf or .doc attachment via email to Brian Cullaty at brc7q@virginia.edu. Applications must include:

  • A concise description (one page maximum) of the proposed research project. The applicant should explain what is to be done, where the research will be carried out, and what will be the final product. The applicant should indicate how the project contributes to greater public understanding of the Academical Village, and what impact the research will have on her or his intellectual development.
  • A one-page resume that includes class, major, and relevant course work and prior experience. A budget of anticipated expenditures (half a page maximum), including research supplies and materials, living expenses, and travel.
  • A letter of support from the student’s faculty sponsor. The sponsor should explain the basis for concluding that the student is capable of completing the project at a level of high quality and also specify the sponsor’s anticipated role and degree of involvement in the project. The sponsor should submit this letter directly to the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, brc7q@virginia.edu, as a .doc or .pdf attachment.
  • At the conclusion of the research (no later than October 15, 2016), award recipients must submit a final product (e.g., a creative project, a curriculum design, etc.) to document the results of the research project in publishable form along with a letter from the faculty sponsor assessing the outcome of the project.


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