One of GW’s (and the UWP’s) strategic goals is to create a culture of writing and research at the University. You’ll find these opportunities if you look for them!
Apply for a writing prize.
Eckles Library sponsors the annual Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence. It rewards first-year research projects demonstrating careful and creative use of GW Library resources. Prizes! May deadline, and a faculty support form is required, so please apply early (and let me know) if you plan to. Open to students from Fall and Spring terms for each academic year.
The University Writing Program’s Julian Clement Chase Prize honors undergraduate writing focusing on the District of Columbia. Open to all GW undergraduates in any fields. Spring deadline. Watch for this announcement annually.
Publish your work.
In addition to all the usual scholarly journals–many of which will accept undergraduate submissions if they meet the journal’s standards–there are also journals focusing on publishing undergraduate research. One of the best-known is Young Scholars in Writing. But here’s a list of others–check them out!
Become a research assistant.
Faculty members across the university advertise undergraduate research positions, which may be paid or unpaid internships or work-study positions. Search here for current postings.
The Business School offers the Research Experience for Undergraduates, in which students are paid to conduct research for a faculty mentor.
Design your own research project.
GW offers several fellowships to support undergraduate researchers. Work to develop a relationship with a faculty member, talk with them about their research, and see what opportunities there might be for your own interests. In the sciences, undergrad projects usually dovetail with professors’ long-term research. In the humanities and social sciences, they are more independent. In either case, though, designing the project may take months; work with your faculty mentor on all stages of the project proposal draft.
The Luther Rice Research Fellowship supports Columbian College juniors and seniors in independent research projects conducted under guidance of a faculty mentor. $5,000. award. Two annual deadlines, Nov/Dec and Feb/March. Planning this project may take months; work early to develop a relationship with a professor in your chosen field.
GW Undergraduate Research Awards support independent undergraduate research in all fields of study, across all GW schools. Requires a faculty mentor to work with you on project design. $5,000. award. Two annual deadlines, Nov/Dec and Feb/March. Planning this project may take months; work early to develop a relationship with a professor in your chosen field.
The Sigelman Undergraduate Research Fellowship supports students from any school at GW, any year. $500. award. Requires faculty mentor. Two annual deadlines, October and January. Planning this project may take months; work early to develop a relationship with a professor in your chosen field.
The Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Program offers rising Elliott juniors and seniors a structured program of support (and a $500 stipend) for developing, carrying out, and presenting an independent research project. Annual March/April deadline for entry into the program.
The School of Media & Public Affairs offers the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prizes, up to $1500. each in support of faculty-mentored independent research projects. Annual November deadline.
The Kiev Judaica Fellowship offers $750. to support undergraduate research and writing working with the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection at Gelman Library and focusing on “18th-20th century Jewish history, Hebrew literature, Jewish art or Hebrew booklore.” Deadline June 2016; only offered every two years.
For other opportunities and advice, visit the GW Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and check with your own school and department.