Call for proposals: 

2018 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 museum work done by students through the annual Spotlight on Student Work in Museums (SWIM) Awards.

Students may submit proposals to participate in two SWIM activities at SEMC’s annual meeting: a program session with four ten-minute presentation slots, and a poster session in a display area which the students will staff on Wednesday, October 10, 10:45 am– noon. All student presenters 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 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
     1 University Way,
     Western Carolina University,
     Cullowhee NC 29723

Deadline and Notification:

Application materials must be emailed or postmarked by June 30, 2018. Proposals will be reviewed by the SWIM jurying committee; all applicants will receive notification by July 13, 2018.

SWIM is sponsored by AAMG and COMPT.