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Student Awards

CLAS Student Commencement Speaker Competition 

A student speaker representing the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will be featured during the Spring 2020 ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

To be eligible for the competition, students must submit an essay about the theme listed below, provide evidence from the degree audit that they will meet the requirements for graduation in the commencement ceremony they seek to represent, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher for courses completed at EIU at the time that they submit their materials for consideration.

The 2020 Essay Theme is: TBA

  • 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Commencement Speaker
  • 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Alternate Commencement Speaker

Questions?  Contact ktturner@eiu.edu.

 

Graduate Student Investigator (GSI) Awards

The Graduate Student Investigator Award (GSI) program was developed by the former Dean of the College of Sciences to support graduate research and to provide a forum for the presentation of superior graduate student research. The GSI program is open to students who are pursuing a degree program within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Students can apply for a GSI award on the EIU scholarship website, Academic Works. The application requests the name and email address of the faculty mentor for the research project who must provide a letter of recommendation.

  • 2019 GSI Winners
    • Precious Allor - Economics
    • Viet Bui - Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Ronald Dickerson - Economics
    • Jaismeen Dua - Psychology
    • Obinna Ezeibekwe - Economics
    • Godwin Gyimah - History
    • Iffat Jahan - Biological Sciences
    • Nuwanthaka Jayaweera - Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Vidula Priyadarshana Lokugama Widanelage - Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Oladimeji Shodipe - Economics
    • Sahan Shrestha - Economics
    • Tulana Ariyaratne Subasinghe Arachchige - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Questions?  Contact ktturner@eiu.edu.

 

Scholars in Undergraduate Research at Eastern (SURE) Awards

The SURE program fosters undergraduate research participation in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Undergraduate involvement in research with mentoring professors is a rewarding experience for students. The goal of the SURE program is to facilitate research activities and provide a forum for the presentation of undergraduate research.

The SURE awards are given to undergraduate students in their junior or senior years. Students are encouraged to present their research in a professional setting (a local or state conference, student association/club meeting or classes).

Students can apply for a SURE award on the EIU scholarship website, Academic Works. The application requests the name and email address of the faculty mentor for the research project who must provide a letter of recommendation.

  • 2019 SURE Winners
    • Ethan Hose - Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Ashley Parola - Biological Sciences

Questions?  Contact ktturner@eiu.edu.

 

Social Science Writing Awards

The Departments of Economics, Geology-Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology-Anthropology-Criminology of Eastern Illinois University invite students to participate in the Annual Social Science Writing Awards competition. Regardless of major, undergraduate students who write research papers as a regular assignment in all social science courses may submit them for recognition.

The Selection Committee requires double-spaced, typed papers that consistently follow a recognized style of documentation and prefers papers between eight and thirty pages. Include two cover sheets: one with the student's name, paper title, course number and semester taken for which the paper was originally written; the second with the paper title only. Winning papers will have the following qualities:

  • Precise and Effective Use of Language
  • Well-defined and Logically Developed Thesis
  • Creative Topic Development
  • Relevant, Superior Documentation
  • Strong Command of the Subject – Including Current Points of View
  • Cogent Synthesis and Conclusions

Students can apply for the Social Science Writing Award competition on the EIU scholarship website, Academic Works.

Applications are due TBA.

2019 SSWA Winners

  • Maya Hunter - Political Science - 1st Place
  • Shane Melcom - History - 2nd Place
  • Sidney Smith - Sociology - 3rd Place

For further information, see your instructor or department chairperson.

 

Scholarships

Students can apply for scholarships on the EIU Academic Works website. The deadline for all CLAS scholarships is March 15, 2019. Awards are announced in the spring and paid out to recipients in Fall 2019.

Questions?  Contact ktturner@eiu.edu.


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