BHSU Chiesman Committee - Student Awards

BHSU Student Awards

Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy
2013-2014 BHSU Student Awards

Unfortunately funds for Student Awards are not available in 2013-2014.

The Black Hills State University Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy is seeking applications from BHSU students interested in pursuing undergraduate research/creative activity in the areas of:

  • Democracy
  • Civic Education
  • Law-related Education
  • The promotion of democratic principles and ideals

The endowment will award up to six (6) awards of $500 to BHSU students who meet the following criteria:

  • The research or scholarly activity focuses on the intent of the Chiesman Endowment.  The Chiesman Endowment wants to reward undergraduate student research/creative activity related to the promotion, study, and preservation of democracy and democratic ideals.
  • The project must be submitted and supported with written (e-mail or letter) endorsement by a BHSU faculty member.
  • The undergraduate research/creative activity will result in a publication or presentation with a local/national audience within one year of the award unless other arrangements are made.
  • The proposal will contain:
    • name(s) of the investigator(s);
    • title of the undergraduate research/creative activity;
    • proposed methodology;
    • a statement of relevancy to how the project will promote or preserve democratic ideals and principles;
    • a suggested timeline: beginning and ending dates; and
    • a statement on where the results will be published or presented.
  • The results should be submitted to the BHSU Chiesman Committee in both hard copy and electronic version.
  • All submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
  • To be eligible to apply, a student must:
    • be a full time student enrolled at BHSU
    • have a minimum cumulative GPA 2.70
    • provide an unofficial transcript



Inquiries and Proposals can be made to:

Dr. David Wolff
Chair, BHSU Chiesman Endowment Committee
Black Hills State University
USB 9560
Spearfish, SD 57799-9560
Phone: (605) 642-6221