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Fourth Annual Sato Research Award Competition Now Open

For the fourth year, the Washington University Libraries are excited to announce the call for entries for the Mendel Sato Research Award, designed to engage students’ research with collections from the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. The Mendel Sato Research Award seeks submissions from students who are engaged in original research with special collections materials in courses taught in departments on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections is interested in a broad scope of projects and methods that can range from film to book arts and beyond. Projects can be in any medium from written papers to multimedia projects. We encourage bold applications of research that help us to understand our holdings in innovative new ways.


Each winning student will receive a prize of $500.00. Awards are subject to taxes.

Winning projects and essays will be preserved in the University Libraries’ Open Scholarship Institutional Repository with access open to the public.

The University Libraries will display the names of the winning students and their faculty mentors, and the information will be published on the University Libraries website and in promotional printed materials.


Any Washington University student at any class level in any discipline who has completed a research project in any format using materials from the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections for a credit course during the summer 2023, fall 2023, or spring 2024 semesters is eligible to participate in the 2023-2024 competition. Only one project per course may be submitted by each student.


  • Submission Deadline: May 13, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. for projects completed in courses during the academic year
  • Winner Notification: June 14, 2023

For more details about the award and application process, visit the Sato Research Award page. Apply for the Mendel Sato Research Award via the Sato Award Application Portal.