Call for proposals: 

2019 spotlight on Student work in museums (swim)

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. SEMC is committed to recognizing and rewarding excellence in  museum work done by students through the annual Spotlight on Student Work in Museums (SWIM) Awards.

Students may submit proposals to participate in two 2019 SWIM activities at SEMC’s annual meeting in Charleston, SC: a program session with four ten-minute presentation slots, and a poster session which will showcase additional student projects in a display area at the conference, which the students will staff. All students selected for the four session slots and the poster presentations will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievements.

2019 SWIM Poster Session Information


  • ·         To showcase projects and research by students in museum studies programs or related academic programs who have conducted museum-based projects
  • ·         To provide an opportunity for students to obtain new insights, share ideas and projects, and network with museum colleagues in an informal setting.


  • ·         The SWIM Poster Session will be held in Crystal Ballroom pre-function area, Charleston Marriott. Each presentation will have 3' of table space for your display, and you are welcome to bring handouts, tabletop easels, table-size backgrounds, or anything else that fits into your space and helps to explain your project. You may bring laptops or other electronic equipment, but each table will not have individual electrical connections and the room will not have wifi (you may be able to access the internet via phone hotspot or your hotel room connection), so you should plan accordingly—make sure your laptop is charged, and bring an extension cord.


  • ·         Poster sizes should be between 20”x25” to 30”x42” inches and able to be supported by tables or easels (bring your own tabletop easel, or request a floor-standing easel in advance).
  • ·         Printed materials must be easily read at a distance of four feet.
  • ·         Each display should include the title of the presentation, the name of the presenter(s), and his/her/their affiliation
  • ·         SEMC recommends a point size of 16–18 or larger for body text.
  • ·         The presenter must remain by his/her display for the duration of the session.

Additional Information

Each SWIM presenter will receive a Certificate of Participation and will be recognized before the SEMC's Awards Luncheon, 10:30 am.  A group photograph of all SWIM participants will be taken at the end of the poster session.

Questions? Contact Pam Meister,, 828-227-3192 (office), 404-374-2365 (mobile) or Patricia Hobbs,, 540-458-4321 (office), 540-461-1340 (mobile).

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

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

Deadline and Notification:

Application materials must be emailed or postmarked by June 14, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed by the SWIM jurying committee; all applicants will receive notification by July 12, 2019.

SWIM is sponsored by AAMG and COMPT.