Bruning Award | Capital University


Bruning Award

  • In May 2007, James and Marlene Bruning established an endowment to fund a student award to support undergraduate research and scholarly projects at Capital University. The intent of this award is to support high-quality undergraduate student research and scholarly presentations at professional academic conferences. Supported expenses may include conference registration and associated fees, travel, and the preparation and enhancement of research or scholarly activity materials. The Capital University Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship planning committee will select the recipient(s) based on eligibility requirements and selection criteria. The planning committee also will approve all travel and budget expenditures by the recipient.

    How to Apply

    Student Eligibility Requirements:

    • Student(s) must be enrolled as full time student(s) in good academic standing at Capital University.
    • Student(s) must be planning to present their project at the Capital University Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship.
    • Student(s) must be planning to present or has presented undergraduate research or scholarly project at an academic conference.
    • Student(s) must be willing to share their undergraduate research or scholarship experiences with the campus community. 
    • Student(s) must be willing to have the University publicize their name(s), photograph(s) and research project information.
    Nomination Procedure:

    The Symposium planning committee identifies candidates for the Bruning Award based on abstracts submitted to the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship each spring. Faculty mentors of the identified candidates are then asked to officially nominate the student for the Bruning Award.

    Selection Procedure:
    Nominated and eligible students for this award give their Symposium presentations to the Symposium planning committee prior to the Symposium. Presentations should follow the format of Symposium oral presentations (15 minutes long with 5 additional minutes for questions). Students who are planning to give poster presentations at the Symposium will be able to share their posters, but must also give an oral presentation. Nominated students must give their presentation to the Symposium committee prior to the Symposium in order to be considered for the award.

    The Symposium committee evaluates presentations using the appropriate rating form linked below:

    View the rating form used for Integrative Scholarship projects.

    View the rating form used for Empirical Research projects.

    The winner(s) of the Bruning Award is announced at the Honors Convocation each spring.

    Need more information?
    Contact Stephanie Gray Wilson, Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning, at or ext. 6894, CMC 285.