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  Call for proposals: 

2017 spotlight on Student work in museums (swim)

University students throughout our region are engaged in challenging and important work in southeastern museums. They are doing object-based research, producing exhibits, conducting oral history interviews, creating content for websites, and developing public programs. This year, SEMC’s popular Spotlight on Student Research session is becoming part of an awards program designed to recognize excellence in museum work done by students in two formats.

The 2017 competition, renamed Spotlight on Student Work in Museums (SWIM) Awards, will still consist of a program session with four ten-minute presentations at SEMC’s annual meeting in New Orleans, LA. However, SEMC will showcase additional student projects formatted as posters in a display area at the conference, which the students will staff on Tuesday, September 12, 10:45 – noon. All students selected for the four session slots or the poster presentations will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievements.

Criteria for SWIM proposals:

  • The proposal must present work done by a student or group of students for a southeastern museum as part of an internship, employment (paid or unpaid), or class project.
  • Candidates or recent graduates of a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. program are eligible to submit proposals; the SWIM committee will jury undergraduate and graduate proposals separately.
  • Group proposals must include names, majors, and intended degrees of all group members, but designate one person as the primary session contact.
  • Support materials may include documents, photographs, and links to websites that feature your work products
  • All presenters are responsible for their own Annual Meeting registration fees and travel costs. Students are encouraged to apply for SEMC scholarships.


Mail or email an application form, supporting materials, and a copy of your resume to:

     Pam Meister,, [828] 227-3192.


     Mountain Heritage Center

     1 University Way,

     Western Carolina University,

     Cullowhee NC 29723,

Deadline and Notification:

Application materials must be emailed or postmarked by June 30, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by the SWIM jurying committee; all applicants will receive notification by

July 15, 2017.

SWIM is sponsored by AAMG and COMPT.