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Student Research Session




Undergraduate and Graduate students as well as those new to the museum field (within the last three years) are invited to apply to participate in the Student Research Session at VAM's 2018 Annual Conference.

The student research session showcases three jury-selected presentations on the latest museum-based student projects and research, as well as offer a way for students to connect with experienced museum professionals and other students to gain new insight, share ideas, and network. Those selected will receive a scholarship to attend VAM's 2018 Annual Conference, where the session will take place on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 2:30pm-4:00pm at the Hilton Norfolk The Main.

Facing Forward: Emerging Issues in the Museum Field

In partnership with the Association of Academic Museums & Galleries (AAMG), VAM brings back this popular jury-selected session featuring presentations on museum-based research and projects from undergraduate and graduate students from across the Commonwealth, as well as recent graduates and emerging museum professionals (new this year).This is an opportunity to engage with new colleagues about the field's most timely issues.

The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) recognizes the future of the museum profession is in the hands of current college and university students. Representing the fields of art, history, public history, science, education, museum studies, historic preservation, archives 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. We hope this opportunity will help further our student members careers and present connection for emerging professionals.



Who Can Apply?

Undergraduate and graduate students and those new to the field within the last three years who have done significant or promising work on museum-based projects or research, and are based in VAM's region of Virginia and Washington, DC.



  • A working group of the Annual Conference Program Committee will serve as a jury to select four presentations based on individual merit and relevance.
  • Applicants are encouraged to become members of the Virginia Association of Museums. Student Membership is FREE!
  • Each selected presenter will have approximately 15-20 minutes to present on their project that was developed for a museum or class.
  • The presentation should be organized in much the same way as a paper: title, introduction, body of work, conclusion.
  • The presentation will be timed and will be followed by a 5 minute question and answer period.
  • Selected presenters will be awarded a scholarship to cover conference registration; all travel and lodging expenses will be the responsibility of the presenters.


When and where will the session be held?


Monday, March 12, 2018 from 2:30pm-4:00pm at the Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, Virginia during VAM's 2018 Annual Conference which will take place over March 10-13, 2018.



Application Process


Please apply directly via the online form below. Attachments may be uploaded and are encouraged.

Proposals are due by: Friday, January 26, 2018



For questions, please contact Christina Newton at or 804.358.3170.



Student Research Session Application


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