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Senator John W. Warner Public Leadership Undergraduate Research Award

The annual Senator John W. Warner Award will be given to a third year undergraduate student who exhibits a serious, convincing ambition to seek future election to public office. This award will honor an individual who strives for service in an elected office, whether it is a part-time city council position or a full-time legislative or executive office. Successful candidates will demonstrate the required courage to stand up and ask fellow citizens for their valued vote.

The award of up to $3,000 will fund a research project in an area that will inform the recipient's future career as an elected official; the proposed work should result in a significant research product. Examples of the type of research a successful candidate might pursue are an honors or distinguished majors thesis; an analysis of an important policy issue and a proposed solution to the problems it raises; an independent research project with a professor; or a paper that approaches publishable quality. Candidates will be asked to submit a packet that includes a research proposal, a reflective statement, and two letters of recommendation.

The award is named for Senator John W. Warner of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Senator Warner served five consecutive terms in the United States Senate.

Application Deadline: March 25th, 2013 at noon

Questions? Brian Cullaty at or 434-924-3306

2012 Recipient:

Edward Smith is a third year student in the Politics Honors Program. He has served as Vice President and University Relations Coordinator for the University Democrats and as a campaign intern for former U.S. Congressmen Tom Perriello. Edward has also interned in the Center for Politics working with the Youth Leadership Initiative to increase youth political awareness. His research will investigate the relationship between negative ads affiliated with Super PACs and those marketed by the campaign itself during the 2008 and 2012 Presidential election cycles.

News: U.Va. Politics Student Wins Warner Leadership Research Award, UVAToday, April 18, 2012

2011 Recipients:
John Nay
Casey Enders
News: U.Va. Students Receive Warner Public Leadership Undergraduate Research Awards, UVaToday, May 27, 2011

2010 Recipient:
James Linville
News: U.Va. Politics Undergraduate Receives Warner Leadership Award, UVaToday, April 22, 2010

2009 Recipients:
Paul Wiley
Melissa Zinder

2008 Recipients:

Sarah Buckley
Grayson Lambert