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New Discoveries in the Museum Field: Student Research Session

Call for Proposals & Scholarship Opportunity

Undergraduate, graduate, and emerging professionals are invited to submit presentation proposals for VAM's Student Research Session during the 2020 Annual Conference in Northern Virginia in March 2020. Three presenters will be selected to speak and will receive a registration scholarship to attend the conference. 

The student research session showcases three jury-selected presentations on the latest museum-based student projects and research. This scholarship opportunity allows students and those new to the museum field (within the last three years) to connect with their experienced colleagues and other students to gain new insight, share ideas, and network. 

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 and nonprofits in Virginia and Washington, DC. We hope this opportunity will help further our student members' careers and offer stronger connections for emerging professionals.

Conference Location & Dates:

Westfields Marriott Dulles Washington
14750 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

March 7-10, 2020

The exact date of the student session will be scheduled soon

Learn more about VAM's 2020 Annual Conference


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.

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  • A working group of the Annual Conference Program Committee will serve as jury to select three presentations based on individual merit and relevance. 
  • Those selected 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.
  • The Student Research Session will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1:30pm. 
  • Deadline for submissions is January 17, 2020. 

For questions, please contact or 804.358.3170.