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WIU Honor Society Announces Research Competition

February 11, 2016

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MACOMB, IL – The Phi Kappa Phi honor society has announced a competition for the best research paper submitted by a Western Illinois University senior.

Students entering the competition are eligible for awards of $300, $250, $200 and $150. The first place winner will be named the recipient of the Lowell Grabill Undergraduate Research Award, established by the first woman Ph.D. recipient at Western, Virginia Lowell Grabill.

The competition is open to seniors in any academic discipline and entries are due by Monday, March 7. The single authored papers (one per student) should be the result of independent and original library, laboratory or field research projects. Papers must be endorsed by a full-time WIU faculty member who was either mentoring or supervising the work.

The paper submissions must also include all required approvals for working with human subjects (IRB) or animals (IACUC) where necessary.

Papers written from Spring 2015 up to the present date are eligible for the competition. No specific format is required, but papers should be limited to a maximum length of 30 pages.

All papers must be submitted electronically to Professor Michael Romano at in Microsoft Word format. The paper's title, student's name, telephone number, campus address and the instructor's name and department must be included on the cover sheet and attached to the paper.

Winning students and faculty sponsors will be recognized at the annual spring banquet Sunday, April 17.

For additional information on the competition, contact Romano at (309) 298-1374 or (309) 298-1546 or by email at

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