Domer Research Award

This award was established to provide assistance for thesis research/scholarly activities expenses or for travel expenses incurred by graduate students who wish to attend a conference to present their research.  Awards for currently enrolled students will be processed via Student Accounts. Students who have graduated will receive a check in the mail. For Spring 2024, we anticipate making up to SIX Domer Research Awards in amounts up to $800.


Nomination by Monday, February 12, 2024
Materials by Wednesday,  March 6, 2024

Email Nominations to: Dr. Ross Gosky with SUBJECT LINE: Domer Research Award

Application Information

This award provides research supplies or supports research activities including travel to a professional meeting related to the student's research. To qualify for this award a student must prepare the following:

  • A statement from the graduate student describing the research project and outlining in detail how the funds will be used.
  • A letter of nomination and/or endorsement from the faculty mentor

Selection Criteria

When reviewing applicants for this award, reviewers will consider the following:

  • Evidence of scholarly excellence on the part of the student (e.g., recipients of prior awards)
  • The quality of the proposal submitted (e.g., clarity of presentation, significance of work/professional development proposed, creativity and originality in the proposal)
  • The impact of this award on the recipient's career (i.e., will receipt of the award make a real difference?)


Judith E. Domer (Dean of the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies, 1997-2004) and Floyd R. Domer

Past Recipients

  • 2022-2023: Melinda Frank, Educational Leadership; Elizabeth Pearce, Experimental Psychology; Brian London, Experimental Psychology; Bailey Chenevert, Experimental Psychology; Sophie Ryan, Geography & Planning; Shawn Roberts, Exercise Science
  • 2021-2022: Bronwyn Harris, Reading Education; Riggs Matthews, IO Psych; Shawn Roberts, Exercise Science; Jay Harrell, Exercise Science
  • 2020-2021: Daniel Jeffries, Computer Science; Tyree Wilmoth, Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment
  • 2019-2020: Jasmine Cash and Jessie Morgan, Exercise Science; Ashley Hull, Biology; Peaches Hash, Educational Leadership
  • 2018-2019: James Hedrick, Dual Degree: Appalachian Studies and Government and Justice Studies (Political Science)
  • 2017-2018: Laura Johnston, Appalachian Studies
  • 2016-2017: Reed Gurchiek, Exercise Science
  • 2015-2016: Justin A. Stewart, Exercise Science
  • 2014-2015: Luke Tunstall, Mathematics
  • 2013: Michael Thomas, Biology
  • 2012: Rebecca Hobden, Technology
  • 2011: not given
  • 2010: not given
  • 2009: Serena Heinz, Biology
  • 2008: Ashley S. Williams, Biology
  • 2007: Michael Denslow, Biology
  • 2006: Jason H. Windett, Political Science
  • 2005: Susan Pepper, Appalachian Studies
  • 2004: Alice Wilson, Appalachian Studies