Symposium Awards

Eligibility for all Symposium Prizes: Applicants must be current College of Wooster students completing their Senior Independent Study during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Melissa Schultz I.S. Research Prize in Sustainability and the Environment

$500 first place, $300 second place, $200 third place

Application Deadline: April 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

Description: With this prize, we remember Dr. Melissa M. Schultz, Associate Professor of Chemistry, who was a beloved mentor to her students and was tragically killed on February 7, 2015 in an automobile accident. Awarded to three Senior Independent Study projects each year, the prize recognizes excellence in undergraduate research that contributes to our understanding of sustainability and the environment.

Please submit the following to this Form:

  • 100-word abstract
  • A research statement of approximately 500 words that explains your project, including its genesis, methods, and results, and describes how it is connected to environmental sustainability. Note that sustainability has many interpretations, and can be assessed from any disciplinary perspective.
  • A brief recommendation note from your I.S. advisor

Criteria: The most competitive applicants will demonstrate the ability to think cross-disciplinarily. It will not be enough that your topic overlaps with sustainability; rather, you should explicitly frame your I.S. project around sustainability, and possible implications of your results for the ongoing quest to achieve a more sustainable world.

CoRE Award for Critical Digital Engagement

$400 individual award

Deadline for Rationale is April 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

Description: If your Independent Study uses digital technologies to critically engage with your topic in innovative ways, then you should nominate yourself for the CoRE Award for Critical Digital Engagement. Maybe, because of your major/minor interests, you have had to think creatively about the ways in which your two disciplines intersect with digitally-informed critical inquiry. On the other hand, you might simply bring digital methods to bear in a discipline that does not typically feature such research. Perhaps, though, your discipline is steeped in digital technologies, just not quite in the way that you’re deploying them.If your Independent Study, either in methods or in subject matter, critically engages with or through digital technologies, you could win the CoRE Award for Critical Digital Engagement.

Materials: Please submit the following to this form:

A ~250-word rationale that clearly articulates the ways in which your independent study exemplifies critical digital engagement as it’s described here.


Applicants should self-nominate using the Symposium Application and may register for any presentation style (it doesn’t have to be a “Digital Display or Demonstration”).

Submit a brief (~250 word) rationale that describes the ways in which your Independent Study is critically digitally engaged. The research question lay at the core of this award; rationales should articulate the ways in which the questions of an I.S. are integrally in conversation with technologies.

The most competitive applicants will either (A) use technologies in ways that are pathbreaking for their disciplines or (B) offer critiques of technologies. In either case, technologies will be integral to your research and not merely added to an otherwise non-digital, non-technologically-informed question.

CoRE Award for Collaborative/Interdisciplinary I.S. Presentations

Suspended for 2020

I.S. 180

Suspended for 2020