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Third Annual Sato Research Award Competition Now Open

For the third year, the Washington University Libraries are excited to announce the availability of 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 in courses taught in departments on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

The competition is intended to inspire a broad scope of projects and methods that draw from research conducted with the University Libraries’ Special Collections. Projects can range from film to book arts and beyond and 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 for a credit course during summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023 semester is eligible to participate in the 2022-2023 competition. Only one project per course may be submitted by each student.


  • Submission Deadline: May 12, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. for projects completed in courses during the academic year
  • Winner Notification: June 9, 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.