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Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize

The Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize will be awarded to current juniors/rising seniors to carry out a yearlong, independently-designed project in scholarship, journalism, or the arts. 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. The prize will support aspiring poets, writers, musicians, historians, social scientists, scientists, and artists who, as a result of their experience, will contribute more fully and richly to the community of scholarship and creative achievement that they will enter after their graduation from Miami. To be eligible for the award in this year’s competition cycle, you must be a currently enrolled student on the Oxford, Middletown, or Hamilton campuses, and be on track to graduate by May or August 2020.


Although The Goldman Prize is administered by the University Honors Program, it is open to all current juniors/rising seniors, regardless of their Honors affiliation. Applicants should identify and work with a faculty mentor to help them shape their ideas and monitor the progress of their project across the full year. In advance of making their application, the Director of the University Honors Program will assist applicants throughout their candidacy; and they will serve as the primary point of contact for prize recipients throughout their award year. Members of the Honors Program Advisory Committee (HPAC) will identify and interview finalists and select the prize recipients. Applicants will be evaluated on their accomplishments, their proposed plan of study, and the intended outcomes of this project for their subsequent professional aspirations. In their interviews, finalists will be asked about their previous academic work, their willingness to take intellectual risks, and the quality of their plans for the year.


Each applicant can propose a budget of up to $11,000 in this competition cycle. Proposed budgets should provide detailed justification for intended expenses. In general, funds may be used for living expenses, purchasing equipment or materials vital for the completion of the proposed project, and/or covering any necessary travel expenses. Expenditures for equipment and material aggregating more than five percent (5%) of the prize shall require the prior approval of the applicant’s faculty mentor. Recipients will work with the UHP staff on timely dispersal.


Recipients will be asked to remain in regular contact with their faculty mentor throughout the project year. They are also required to file a final written report of their work, including a detailed summary of how they have utilized their award monies; and they will make a public presentation of their project in April of 2020.


Any student interested in applying for the Goldman Prize is encouraged to arrange a meeting with Dr. Zeb Baker, Director of the University Honors Program, to discuss the details of the award. His e-mail is Zeb.Baker@miamioh.edu. Any questions about funding should also be directed to Dr. Baker.


Applications are available at Old Manse, 410 E. High Street or you can email Pam Engel at Pam.Engel@miamioh.edu for an electronic copy of the application. All applications must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019, by 5 PM – and should include the following materials: 

  • Cover page
  • Current version of your resume or CV
  • One-page abstract
  • Proposal narrative
  • Detailed budget
  • Proposed timetable
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript

PLEASE NOTE: If the project includes work that falls under federal guidelines (e.g. animal use, biohazards, human subjects, radioactive material, recombinant DNA), finalists are responsible for ensuring the project is reviewed and approved by the appropriate regulatory committees prior to initiation of the project. Applicants should consult with their faculty mentor to determine if the proposed work would require regulatory approval. Finalists should contact Dr. Neal Sullivan, Director of Research Compliance, in the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship at sullivnh@miamioh.edu to discuss required regulatory application process.