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Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize

One of the largest awards of its kind in the nation, the Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize provides support to nourish independent student scholarship and creative activity. The prize is awarded to a rising senior, who will be supported for a year to carry out independently designed projects in scholarship, journalism, or the arts under the direction of a faculty mentor. Recipients of the prize might use the stipend to compose music, write a work of fiction, conduct scientific or historical research, or gather material for a work on American civilization. It is expected that as a result of this experience, recipients of the prize will contribute to the community of scholarship and creative achievement.


The prize honors Joanna Jackson Goldman's intellectual initiative on Miami's campus and her post-graduate activities in music, writing, and publishing. To be eligible for the prize, a student must have compiled an outstanding academic record, demonstrated a capacity for independent work, and shown creative initiative in some field of scholarship or the arts.

To be eligible, students must be planning to graduate in May or August 2019. Students may propose a budget of up to $11,000. Students may use the support to undertake incidental academic work related to their projects (e.g., completing a seminar in musical theory as part of a year-long plan to write an opera); however, the prize is not to be used for full-time graduate study. The intention of the prize is to give students with exceptional promise the rare luxury of pursuing ideas and activities that will enrich their later work and careers.

Selection Process

The Honors Program Advisory Committee, composed of faculty and students, will choose the recipient. A subcommittee will screen applications and recommend at least four qualified semi-finalists for interviews. Interviews and finalist selection will occur in February 2018. Two recipients will be selected.

Application Process

Applications are due by Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5 PM in the Honors Program office in Old Manse. Hard copies of the application are available at Old Manse. 

Completed application packets must include:

  • Abstract
  • Proposal narrative (which addresses the questions posed in the application)
  • Detailed budget outlining/explaining how the prize money will be spent
  • Timetable of work to be accomplished
  • Letter of recommendation from the faculty member who will serve as your sponsor/mentor
  • Unofficial transcript that demonstrates your most up-to-date academic performance 
  • Current resume or CV