NCMC Student Work in Museums (SWIM) Awards

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Call for Proposals

University students throughout our region are engaged in challenging and important work in southeastern museums. They are doing research, producing exhibits, conducting oral history interviews, creating content for websites, and developing public programs. NCMC is committed to recognizing and rewarding excellence in museum work done by students through its Spotlight on Student Work in Museums (SWIM) Awards.

Students may submit proposals to participate in a program session, Sink or SWIM: Student Work That Impacts Museums at NCMC’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Rocky Mount on Monday, March 30.  This 90-minute session will include five ten-minute presentation slots for individual or groups of students. Students will then participate in a moderated Q & A session about their experiences as student workers or interns.

Proposals will be juried by a committee of experienced museum professionals. All students selected for the session 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, graduate, and multi-level group proposals separately.

  • Group proposals must include names, majors, and intended degrees of all group members, but designate one person as the primary session contact.

  • In addition to your application form, support materials are important in helping the jurying committee to evaluate your work. 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 NCMC scholarships.


Mail or email an application form, supporting materials, and a copy of your resume to Pam Meister, Director, Mountain Heritage Center, 176 Central Drive, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC 29723,, 828-227-3192.  

Deadline and Notification: 

Application materials must be emailed or postmarked by February 21, 2020. Proposals will be reviewd by the SWIM jurying committee; all applicants will receive notification by March 13, 2020.

SWIM is sponsored by the Association of Academic Museums (AAMG)

Application Form

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