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Abshire Award
Dublin Award
Perry Award

All research conducted by Whitman College faculty or students involving human participants, regardless of funding source, must be submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review. See: www.whitman.edu/irb

Abshire Student Research Scholar Award

Applications for 2015 Spring semester are due November 10, 2014
Applications for 2015 Fall semester are due Friday, March 13, 2015

Abshire Scholar Awards are given each semester to a number of student/faculty teams. Students are nominated by Whitman professors having a need for assistance and/or research in their scholarly pursuits. The professors and students will be selected on the basis of merit.

All disciplines are eligible to apply for an Abshire award. Abshire scholars may earn up to $800 for the semester. The selected students are expected to assist their professors in their projects for 5-8 hours per week. The awards may be made for a period of two semesters if the project so warrants.

The ASID Committee wishes to emphasize the following criteria:

  • The proposed project should involve the student intellectually and not merely for rote processing of repetitive research tasks.
  • Professors should choose truly excellent students and should include a rationale for the choice of a particular student.
  • Although publication of the results of the project is not required, the project should be of sufficient professional quality that publication could be considered possible.
  • The project and its methodology should have a strong relationship to the professor's research program.

To apply, please submit the following to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, c/o Qi (Chee) Jia. The ASID Committee will select the recipients. 

  1. Description of the research you intend to pursue.
  2. Explanation of the student’s individual role with specific attention to the intellectual nature of the student’s work and how that work will help you to carry out your project.
  3. Budget detailing projected expenditures for materials relating to your project. Please note that the Abshire award is intended primarily to support student scholarly work, which is compensated at the rate of $10 an hour. Requests for materials and supplies should be justified in the proposal, and costs should be itemized.  Requests for more than $500 for materials or supplies are discouraged.
  4. Name and qualifications of the student who will assist you.
  5. Statement from the student concerning his/her qualifications for the specific requirements of the proposed project.
  6. Copies of your vita and the student’s advisor’s report or transcript, (does not need to be an official transcript).

History of Abshire Award Recipients

Adam Dublin Award

Proposals are due are due Monday, November 10, 2014

The Dublin Award was established in the fall of 2003 by then Board of Trustees Chair-elect, Kari Glover, '72, and her husband, Thaddas L. Alston to support scholarly or creative work relating to multiculturalism in the United States or abroad. The Award is named for the late Adam Dublin, '96, in memory of his positive spirit and his commitment to diversity while a student at Whitman.

The grant will be divided into two $1,000 stipends, one for the student and one for the faculty member. In addition, up to $500 may be used to defray documented expenses of the project. 

The types of projects that can be funded include:

  • Quantitative or qualitative research projects
  • Senior theses
  • Creative writing projects
  • Visual arts projects
  • Musical compositions or lecture recitals
  • Video documentaries
  • One-act plays
  • Others as deemed appropriate by the selection committee

The award will go to the one or two projects that address issues of global multiculturalism in the most challenging, original, and well-prepared way. Academic rigor and creative originality will be criteria. Projects may focus on a particular ethnic or racial community in a specific country or look more broadly at the interactions between communities. Projects may concentrate on the United Sates, or study issues of multiculturalism in other countries or at the global level. 

The selection committee will be looking for evidence of collaboration between student and faculty. Even if the student is ultimately responsible for the writing of the project (as in the case of a senior thesis), the committee will be interested in how the faculty advisor will be helping the student and how the student’s research affects or informs the faculty member’s work.

A public presentation of the research or creative project is required at the end of the academic year in which the award is given. Both the student and the faculty member should speak at this event.

All current students and faculty at Whitman College are eligible to apply. Proposals must be signed by both the student and the faculty member. A complete proposal will consist of the following: 

  • The members of the team and their qualifications.
  • The nature and scope of the project, identifying the main issue it will cover.
  • The significance of the project.
  • The logistics of completing the project within the academic year.
  • The form that the public presentation will take.

Proposals should be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, c/o Qi (Chee) Jia. The ASID Committee will select the recipients.

History of Dublin Award Recipients

Louis B. Perry Research Award

Applications are due by February 2, 2015

Louis B. Perry, Overseer Emeritus, served as the 8th President of Whitman College from 1959 to 1967. The Louis B. Perry Summer Research Scholarship has been established to honor his continuing leadership in the Whitman community. Funds for this endowment came from the Hewlett Foundation, the Sherwood Trust, the Horn estate, and several other donors.

The purpose of the Perry Summer Research Scholarship is to encourage faculty to recruit and employ continuing Whitman students to join them as collaborators in their professional work, allowing for a rich learning opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge of the methods and challenges of sustained scholarly work. These collaborative projects are expected to be of such quality that they might lead to publication, exhibition, or performance.

Summer Perry Research Grants provide a faculty stipend of $2500, a stipend for the student, and limited funds for supplies, travel, or other expenses necessary to complete the research project. The student stipend will be paid at $10 an hour, and must be for at least 200 hours ($2,000), but no more than 300 hours ($3,000). During the time funded by the grant, the student must not work for more than 40 hours a week total at Whitman College. Requests for projects requiring more than 300 hours will be considered: please include an addendum providing detailed justification. All stipends are taxable.

The following criteria will be considered by the selection committee:

  • The project and its methodology should have a close relationship to a professor's research agenda and teaching interests.
  • Students should have a strong record of academic accomplishments, ability to work with professors in their field of study, and commitment to work as a full-time summer research assistant.
  • The proposed research project should be truly collaborative and involve the student intellectually.
  • Although publication or the equivalent is not required, the summer research project should be of sufficient professional quality that publication or the equivalent should be considered possible.
  • Typically, preference will go to tenure-track faculty and to students who have not previously received a Perry award.


Professor-student teams will be selected on the basis of merit. Consideration will be given to the successful completion of previous Perry awards. A 1-2 page report describing work completed and resulting presentations or publication is required, and will be reviewed as part of the criteria for the granting of a subsequent Perry award.

To apply, please submit the following to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, c/o Qi (Chee) Jia. The ASID Committee will select the recipients.

  1. Application Cover Page with detailed budget and justification.  Please download: Perry Cover Page (word) or Perry Cover Page (pdf).
  2. A two- or three-page proposal about the research and an abstract of no more than 200 words.  In your proposal:
  •      Provide a summary of background literature related to the status of the research question.
  •      Explain, in detail, the work the student will contribute to the project and the faculty member's role as a mentor.
  •      Explain why this particular student is especially suited for this project and demonstrate his/her record of academic accomplishment.
  •      Explain how the project fits into your broader research agenda and what are the expected outcomes of the project. 
  1. Faculty C.V.
  2. Student transcript or advisor's report. (Does not need to be an official transcript). 
  3. Report from previous Perry award (most recent), if applicable. 

History of Perry Award Recipients