One of the largest awards of its kind in the nation, the Goldman Memorial Prize provides support to nourish independent student scholarship and creative activity. The prize is awarded to a graduating senior, who will be supported for a year to carry out independently designed projects in scholarship, journalism, or the arts. Recipients of the prize might use the stipend to compose music, write a work of fiction, conduct scientific or historical research, or gather material for a work on American civilization. It is expected that as a result of this experience, recipients of the prize will contribute to the community of scholarship and creative achievement.
The prize honors Joanna Jackson Goldman's intellectual initiative on Miami's campus and her post-graduate activities in music, writing, and publishing. To be eligible for the prize, a student must have compiled an outstanding academic record, demonstrated a capacity for independent work, and shown creative initiative in some field of scholarship or the arts. Students may use the support to undertake incidental academic work related to their projects (e.g., completing a seminar in musical theory as part of a year-long plan to write an opera); however, the prize is not to be used for full-time graduate study. The intention of the prize is to give students with exceptional promise the rare luxury of pursuing ideas and activities that will enrich their later work and careers.
The Honors and Scholars Program Advisory Committee, composed of faculty and students, will choose the recipient. A subcommittee will screen applications and recommend at least three qualified semi-finalists for interviews. Applications are due by 4:30pm on Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Honors office in Old Manse. Interviews and finalist selection will occur in late January 2013.
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Completed application packets must include:
- An abstract
- Application proposal (which addresses the questions posed in the application)
- A detailed budget outlining/explaining how the prize money will be spent.
- A timetable of work to be accomplished
- A letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will serve as your sponsor/mentor.
- A copy of your undergraduate transcript .