Special Prize Categories

We are pleased to announce a number of special poster prize categories. In addition to the primary categories which are based on subject area, presenters may opt into any of the new special award categories outlined below.

By opting into one or more special award categories, a presenter’s poster may be reviewed by additional panels of judges. Presenters will receive further information from the sponsor of each category for which they qualify.

Community-based participatory research

Sponsored by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service

  • Community-based participatory research is research on significant social issues in collaboration with local residents that will provide potential solutions and contribute to long-term, sustainable change in the community.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement within the Office of the Provost

  • This category includes research that advances knowledge and scholarship of marginalized populations and/or related issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Research topics that could qualify for this award include societal challenges in education, criminal justice, employment, housing, voting rights, healthcare, immigration, religious freedom, etc.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Sponsored by the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Office of the Vice President for Research

  • Projects that might qualify for these prizes include innovations or technologies that could serve as the basis for new products or startups and that provide a benefit to customers in the marketplace. Participants who wish to compete in this category will be asked to provide a short statement as part of their poster that outlines the value and identifies the people who could benefit from their technology.

Women’s rights and gender equality

Sponsored by the Global Women’s Institute

  • Research projects in this category should contain some component of research that focuses on gender and women’s issues. These projects should have a long-term goal of advancing gender equality or the cause of women and girls.

Sustainable development

Sponsored by the GW Sustainability Collaborative

  • Under sustainable development, access to clean air and water, renewable energy, healthcare, education, and economic opportunities is expanded on an open and equitable basis. Research that discovers new ways to conserve water and energy or to deliver health care or education more equitably and efficiently has potentially profound implications for sustainable development.