Arts Competition Information

Students participating in the Symposium whose research projects entail musical composition, choreography, playwriting, paintings or making original art (such as paintings, sculpture, drawings or video) are eligible for the Arts Competition. Entries will be judged by the Undergraduate Research Committee. However, the URC only accepts entries nominated by the faculty mentor who directly supervised the student's research project (to be) presented at the Symposium. The URC does not accept submissions from students themselves without faculty nomination.


The deadline for submissions for the 2024 Arts Competition is Friday, March 29, 2024.

Please follow these steps:

Step 1: Prepare the nomination materials: 

Faculty must include the arts work nominated and their nomination letter. In their nomination letters, the faculty mentor must assess the significance and artistic value of the student's project and explain why this work is worthy of the award. The letter should be about one page. Since the goal of this award is to encourage academic excellence, faculty mentors should only nominate truly outstanding work.

The faculty nomination letter should follow the following format:

  • LastName-FirstName-nomination. docx, or
  • LastName-FirstName-nomination.pdf
Faculty should save the artistic work as follows:

Save the artistic work in a suitable format (using .docx, .pdf, .jpeg, Youtube, etc.) Use the following naming conventions:

  • LastName-FirstName-Arts.docx, or
  • LastName-FirstName-Arts.pdf, etc.

Supplementary materials deemed relevant are also accepted. Use the same naming conventions, with "Arts" replaced by appropriate descriptor (for example, LastName-FirstName-pictures.pdf ). PDF is preferred.

Step 2: Email your documents

Email documents to Robert Plymale.

For more information, contact Robert Plymale in Boatwright Library's Administrative Wing, Room 011.