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Sponenburgh Travel Award

Sponenburgh Travel Award, 2010

The Sponenburgh Travel Award provides $2,000 to one art major each year for art historical research in Europe. The award finances summer research and is intended as a stand-alone project, not to be linked with another program or project abroad.

To qualify, applicant must be an art major and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. He/she must complete a minimum of 110 credits of course work by the end of the spring term prior to travel and have at least one academic year of study remaining at OSU. Applicant is also required to complete the 200-level sequence in the history of western art and at least six hours of upper-division art history by the conclusion of the spring term before travel. Recipient must be on campus during the prior spring term and subsequent fall term to fulfill requirements.

Criteria for selection will be based on record of academic achievement and quality of proposal.  (The winner will be selected by faculty committee.)

To apply, applicant must:


2.  Submit a written proposal that includes:

a. a statement of purpose of no more than three double-space pages describing the research to be undertaken, questions the student will ask, and relevance of the project to the student’s long term goals. 

b. a detailed itinerary including a summary of museums, exhibitions, architectural sites, archives, and/or other appropriate artistic venues that the applicant wishes to visit, as well as individual works of art of particular relevance to project.  Itinerary should include no more than two countries.

c. estimated expenses including an explanation of the source(s) of any funds to be used beyond those covered by the award.

Students are encouraged to consult with diverse faculty during the application process, and they must work closely with the art history faculty member overseeing the independent study.

Before departure, recipient will:

Develop an annotated bibliography that includes a minimum of three books and submit a written summary of the contents and how the information will be useful to the proposed research. The bibliography must be approved by the advising faculty member. Annotations will be due at least two weeks before departure or at the date established with the faculty member.

During fall term following the trip, recipient will:
1. Submit a 15-page paper to the advising faculty member
2. Present a formal talk to faculty and students.  Talk will be sponsored by the Art History Association.

The recipient will earn three hours of credit in independent study in art history (ART 402), based on the annotated bibliography, paper and formal talk.

Application forms are also available in the Art Office. Applications should be addressed to:

Scholarship Committee/Sponenburgh
Department of Art
Oregon State University
106 Fairbanks Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

Deadline for application is Friday, March 5.

Results of the selection process will be mailed by March 12 and will be publicly acknowledged at the reception for the Senior Art Exhibition near the end of spring term.

Questions may be addressed to any of the art history faculty.

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