Iwanter Prize for Undergraduate Research
The annual Iwanter Prize provides an unrestricted $2,000 award to one graduating senior who, through a senior thesis and general academic distinction, demonstrates outstanding humanities-based scholarship of a broad and interdisciplinary nature. The award is made possible by a gift to the UW Foundation by Sidney E. Iwanter, an alumnus of the College of Letters & Science (BA History, 1971). Read about past winners.
The thesis must be interdisciplinary but need not be interdepartmental. The topic of the winning thesis must reflect a breadth of interests and learning experiences as well as depth in its main area of focus. It should draw from more than one scholarly discipline (for example, history and Italian literature; philosophy and art), but it may do so in a variety of ways. Many students working within the disciplinary conventions of one department are already regularly undertaking interdisciplinary research, and should be considered eligible for the award.
Applications for the Iwanter prize may come directly from students, but must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor. Eligibility is restricted to seniors graduating from the College of Letters & Science, and who are receiving a degree with a major in a humanities discipline. Students graduating in spring or summer may submit advanced draft versions of the thesis.
The Iwanter Prize: 2015-2016 Guidelines
Deadline: May 2, 2016, 5:00 pm
Applications should consist of four parts:
- A one-page cover letter from the student that includes (a) title and a brief description of the senior thesis (b) a brief overview of the student's interdisciplinary experiences, and (c) current and post-graduation contact information (send electronically), sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A letter of recommendation from the student's thesis advisor, who must be a faculty member in the Humanities and Arts Division of the College of Letters & Science (one signed original--either paper copy or scanned and sent electronically to email@example.com).
- The student's senior thesis (one electronic copy) sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The student's unofficial transcript (one paper original).
Materials may arrive separately, but all materials must be received by the Center for the Humanities by the deadline. Materials not sent electronically may be hand-delivered or mailed to:
Center for the Humanities
University Club Building, Room 316
432 East Campus Mall
Madison, WI 53706
For additional information call (608) 263-3412, or e-mail email@example.com