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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.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Prize

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

This category includes research that advances the knowledge and scholarship of historically marginalized populations and/or topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Research topics for this award may include projects that address racial justice, systemic, institutional, and/or structural oppression, religious freedom, social movements related to identity and justice, economic justice, housing segregation, gender and sexuality, immigration, or mental, emotional, and physical disabilities for example.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this prize.
  • Winners will be announced once at the end of Day 2.

The Nashman Prize for Community Based Participatory Research

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

Community-based participatory research is inquiry that is aimed at informing solutions to benefit the community, through collaboration with community members in all stages of the process: determining the research question and inquiry method(s), data collection, and dissemination of findings.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this prize.
  • Two winners will be chosen (First prize and second prize).
  • Winners will be announced once at the end of Day 2.

Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Award

Sponsored by the Global Women’s Institute

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.

  • Undergraduates and graduate students are eligible for this prize.
  • Six winners will be chosen (3 undergraduate and 3 graduate students).
  • Winners will be announced at the end of Day 2.
  • Prior to Research Days, presenters will be contacted via email and asked to provide 1-2 sentences describing how their project has a long-term goal of advancing gender equality or the cause of women and girls. This will need to be provided prior to judging.

Sustainability Prize

Sponsored by Sustainable GW

To obtain a sustainability designation, research must address issues related to the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, and society. Content can relate to sustainable development in creating a healthy and thriving resource system for all; environmental issues, social issues applied to sustainable development such as human welfare, social equity issues or social/organizational/behavioral change; economic issues applied to sustainable development; discourse focused on the interconnection of world resources and the human condition from a long-term perspective; or content related to policy and communications issues applied to sustainable development.

  • Undergraduates and graduate students are eligible for this prize.
  • Two winners will be chosen (one undergraduate and one graduate student).
  • Winners will be announced at the end of Day 2.

GWNIC Award for Microscopy and Nanofabrication Techniques

Sponsored by the GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center

Projects eligible for this category have utilized the GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC) and its nanofabrication (cleanroom) or microscopy (light, confocal and/or electron) equipment in their research. Submissions will be evaluated on the quality of the poster, the presentation, and the complexity of the project or the innovative use of technology and technique.

  • Undergraduates and graduate students are eligible for this prize.
  • Up to four winners will be chosen.
  • Winners will be announced at the end of Day 2.