SEMC Travel Scholarships and Awards
Read about the 2022 Award Recipients HERE
SEMC Annual Awards are given in Recognition of Innovation, Service and Leadership BY Museum ProfessionalsCreativity, innovation, and leadership proliferate in museum professionals throughout the southeast. The SEMC Awards Committee needs your help to identify and honor outstanding colleagues who have helped shape the world of museums. 2023 award recipients will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon on November 15, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. 2023 Awards Committee Chair, Rosalind Martin, encourages all SEMC members to take a few moments to consider those worthy friends, colleagues and mentors who, through their work with museums and their activities in museum associations, have provided exemplary service to the southeastern museum community.
2023 PROFESSIONAL AWARDS WILL BE OFFERED IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:JAMES R. SHORT AWARD - Established by SEMC in 1981, the purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have given a lifetime – 20 years or more – of distinguished service to the museum profession, with a significant portion of that service at a museum within the SEMC region. The nominee need not be currently employed nor living in the region. Service to the museum profession through SEMC and other museum associations, as well as employment service, will be considered in the nomination process. Nominations of eligible individuals who have retired or will retire within the year preceding or following the SEMC Annual Meeting are especially appropriate.
Past James R. Short Award Recipients
MUSEUM LEADERSHIP AWARD – Initiated in 1994, this award recognizes mid-career museum professionals who have shown significant advancement within the profession by leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region. Award eligibility requires ten years of experience as a museum staff member and a minimum of five years immediate past tenure with a museum in the SEMC region.
Past Museum Leadership Award Recipients
EMERGING MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS AWARD – Inaugurated in 2007, this award recognizes emerging professionals who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region. Award eligibility requires less than ten years of experience as a museum staff member and a minimum of two years immediate past tenure with a museum in the SEMC region.
Past Emerging Museum Professional Award Recipients
OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE MUSEUM PROFESSION AWARD - Initiated in 1999, this award recognizes a leader with 10 years or more of service to an allied or affiliated professional organization. Such a leader will have assisted the museum profession in areas such as program organization, development of grant opportunities, creation of historic/cultural designations and long term cultural development. The nominee must have direct responsibility, and the programs must have impact on a broad scale – statewide or regionally.
Past Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Recipients
DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTOR AWARD -Initiated in 1999, this award recognizes a non-museum professional who has contributed his or her leadership expertise, financial support or collections support over a period of 20 years or more to a museum or the museum field in the SEMC region. The nominee has shown distinction in leading/moving an institution or museum-field organization to a recognized position of leadership in collections, programs and/or exhibitions in the SEMC region.
Past Distinguished Contributor Award Recipients
For further information, please contact the 2022 Awards Chair, Rosalind Martin at 865-523-6349 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SEMC 2023 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships
The Application Period for 2023 Travel Scholarships will open in spring 2023.
Designed to encourage participation of museum professionals at all levels in the Annual Meeting. Valued at $850.00, the award covers annual meeting registration (at the 2023 early bird rate) and a travel stipend of $500.00. Applicants will have shown evidence that the annual meeting program answers needs and/or concerns of the applicant, history of involvement in museums and dedication to museums in the SEMC region.
For 2023, SEMC is pleased to offer travel scholarships in the following categories:
Questions about 2023 Annual Meeting Travel Scholarships? Contact Deb Van Horn, 2023 Scholarship Committee Chair at: email@example.com
Scholarships and Awards Information