Through the generosity of alumnus Steven Smith, President and Dean of California Western School of Law, a special research competition award has been established. Named in honor of Dr. Bill Cumberland, Professor Emeritus of History, the award will go to the student who writes the best paper during each academic year.
The guidelines for the competition are as follows:
1. Ordinarily the paper should have been written as part of the regular academic work.
2. Papers may be nominated by faculty (e.g., best paper in a course) or submitted by a student. Seniors graduating in May are not eligible for this award.
3. Among the factors considered should be thoroughness of research, quality of writing, creativity, level of analysis, and originality of thought.
4. The award should be open to major creative efforts (creative writing, visual arts) if such efforts include or are accompanied by relevant writing involving a research effort, e.g., by an analysis of the artistic tradition or school from which the creative work springs.
Papers completed during Fall Semester, Interim or prior to the deadline in the spring may be considered. Papers completed after the deadline may be held over for next year’s competition. Faculty may wish to copy an excellent paper and return such for possible consideration.
The recipient of the award will be announced at the Student Recognition Banquet.
Apply for Funding
Learn how to apply for the William Cumberland Research Award and other value-added funds from Buena Vista University. The review panel will review applications twice per semester and choose the award most suitable for selected students.