University of Wisconsin–Madison



March 18, 2019


Supported by a generous grant from the University Book Store, this award recognizes undergraduate students who have completed an outstanding independent project, such as a senior thesis, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Projects in all academic fields are eligible.


Recipients receive $1,000. Up to twenty awards are given annually.


  • Enrolled undergraduate, in good academic standing, during the application year (December graduates may apply)
  • Completed an independent project, such as a senior thesis, at UW–Madison
  • Only one submission per applicant, per year
  • Previous recipients may not apply for a second award
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to apply


  • Research papers in all fields (biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities)
  • Creative arts projects, such as writing, media arts, visual or performing arts
  • A self-contained section of a larger project (with a statement explaining full project and sections yet to be completed)
  • In cases of jointly authored or produced submissions, each person’s contribution must be clearly stated. If the applicant was part of a research team, the applicant’s role and contributions to the project must be delineated.
  • Published research papers may be submitted only as an appendix to the application, and must identify the applicant’s contribution, and state the extent of the applicant’s independent work. The application submission must include a draft of the paper authored by the applicant.


  • Originality and intellectual or creative significance of project
  • Clarity of project purpose
  • Organization and presentation of project
  • Evidence that the student carried out the project independently


Apply online through Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).

Log on to Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH). After logging-in and filling out a general application, you will be presented with links to applications for scholarships for which you are eligible, with open application cycles. You may want to check the site frequently to see what new opportunities are available. If you do not see the Book Store application on your list, and you believe you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact the UAA Office (, 265-2428).


The online application includes:

  1. Abstract (concise description) of the project (200–300 words)
  2. Independent Project (uploaded to the online application)
    1. Research paper with bibliography: The length restriction for papers in the biological or physical sciences is 10–20 pages. The length restriction for papers in the social sciences or humanities is 20–30 pages. Papers must be double-spaced, with one inch margins and 12-point font.
    2. Creative writing project: The length restriction for poetry is 10 poems or a maximum of 20 pages. The length restriction for prose is up to 40 pages. Poetry submissions may be single-spaced, but prose submissions must be double-spaced.  All submission must have one-inch margins and 12-point font.
    3. Creative arts project: A descriptive narrative of the project including a statement of objectives must be submitted electronically. A visual of the project (disk with powerpoint, jpegs or video), or score and audio representation (disk with MP3) must be delivered to UAA Office in room 2109 Nancy Nicholas Hall by 5 p.m. on the due date. Please do not submit actual project (sculpture, painting, etc…).
  3. Letter of Recommendation from the faculty/staff who sponsored or supervised the independent project, submitted electronically. The letter should provide an evaluation of the applicant’s project (originality, creativity, significance, organization and presentation); if the recommender is writing in support of more than one applicant, it is helpful to provide a ranking of the projects.


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