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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).

This award is announced and disbursed in the Spring semester.

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.

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Social Science Writing Award

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

This award is announced and disbursed in the Spring semester.

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


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600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3123

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