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Malcolm Wallop Fund Offers UW Students New Opportunity


February 12, 2014 — University of Wyoming undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in democracy and want to conduct independent research projects are encouraged to apply for the Malcolm Wallop Fund Student Stipend Award.

The $3,500 stipend, to be awarded through a competitive process, is open to all full-time UW students.

The stipend is funded by the Malcolm Wallop Fund for Conversations on Democracy. Created by a group of individuals who began their careers working with U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop, the fund honors their former boss and commemorates his contributions to Wyoming and the nation.

Wallop’s work focused on his conviction that democracy is precious and worth preserving. In 1969, he entered public service as a successful candidate for the Wyoming House of Representatives. He served two terms in the Wyoming State Senate from 1973-1976. From 1977 until his retirement in 1995, Wallop served in the United States Senate.

“The purpose of the Wallop Fund is to develop and increase knowledge about democracy,” says Diana Marie Waggener, chair of the Wallop Fund Committee and editor for the UW College of Arts and Sciences. “Giving students an opportunity to explore any facet of democracy that they are curious about, and then to present their findings in a public forum, is an excellent way to uphold the intention of the fund.”

Democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them -- directly or indirectly -- through a system of representation involving periodic and held free elections. Basic guidelines for the project are: submit an electronic proposal in the form of a single PDF document to Sue Woirhaye at woirhaye@uwyo.edu no later than Monday, March 31; and type “Wallop Fund Application” in the email subject line.

The proposal must include: a resume, which includes the student’s W number; a description of the project (research paper, creative writing piece, photo essay, documentary, survey, YouTube video, etc.) and the project’s general theme; a budget that indicates how the funds will be used (tuition, travel and living expenses, equipment, etc.); and a recommendation letter from a UW faculty member, who will serve as the project mentor/sponsor. Preference will be given to student-originated research and the project cannot be based solely on a faculty member’s research.

The stipend recipient will be informed by April 15. Sponsored by the UW College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, and the American Heritage Center, the project must be finished by Aug. 15, and must culminate in a public presentation.

For more information, email Waggener at dream@uwyo.edu.

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