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Student Research Session



Proposals have closed for the Focus on the Future: Student Research Session, to be held at the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) 2017 Annual Conference in Roanoke, Virginia over March 18-21, 2017. The student research session will take place on Sunday, March 19 from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Applicants will be notified by Friday, January 27 of selections made.



The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) recognizes the future of the museum profession is in the hands of current college and university students, both undergraduate and graduate. Representing the fields of art, history, public history, science, education, museum studies, historic preservation and more, students are already engaged in the classroom and as museum interns, doing research, producing exhibitions, developing education programs, recording oral histories, and creating web content, among other work related to museums in Virginia and the District of Columbia.The session will showcase selected student projects, as well as offer a way for students to connect with experienced museum professionals and other students


Up to four presentations from students in undergraduate or graduate programs will be selected by a jurying committee of museum professionals in Virginia, and will receive complimentary student membership in VAM – the largest state museum association in the country – plus a scholarship award for full conference registration. All presenters will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. 

Applications must be submitted no later than midnight Friday, January 13, 2017. All applicants will receive notification of results by Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and acceptance by students of conference scholarships must be made by January 31, 2017 or the opportunity will be forfeited.



Presentation Guidelines:


• 10-minute presentation about a research or project developed over (approximately) the last year in a museum setting or museums studies class or related. Preference is given to topics that have broad appeal to the field.

• A working group of the Annual Conference Program Committee will look at the overall project as criteria with a focus on the appropriateness of the theme combined with the quality of the proposal (i.e.: is the application complete, is the proposal well-written, is the topic of interest and relevant to the field)

• Presentations are timed and followed by a Q&A period.   

• Presenters should organize their presentations in much the same way as a paper: title, introduction, body of work, conclusion. 

• Team projects may be proposed but only one person may present on behalf of the project. 

• Questions? Contact Christina Newton or Patricia Hobbs.


Thank You Conference 2017 Sponsors

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