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The Elizabeth Williams Cathles Award

The University Libraries and Honors Program invite applications for the Elizabeth Williams Cathles Award in support of student research in a variety of disciplines and with broad interests. The award recipient is expected to present a paper at the end of the year as part of the appropriate Graduate or Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams Cathles had a lifelong love of natural history and human cultures, a unique sense of the importance of travel, and a great appreciation for the adventure of learning, discussion, and travel. In her last decade, one of her favorite activities was serving as a volunteer in the Mortensen Library Archives.

To honor her, Betsy’s family and friends have endowed a student research project with the possibility of delving into the University of Hartford’s library resources as well as collections of histories, philosophies, and cultures in other research institutions.  

The Research Award Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Hartford are eligible for the Cathles Award. The desired areas of research are the humanities and the social sciences, with a preference given to cross-cultural or international research. 

Student Qualification and the Application Process

- Normally a student must have at least a 3.25 average. 

- Students should (1) be nominated by a faculty sponsor, and (2) submit a one- to two-page description of the proposed research. These resources can include books, equipment, release time from employment, and domestic travel to research sites. Funds may not be used to pay for transportation to a study abroad location but may be used to provide time for research that otherwise would be devoted to paid employment.

- The maximum grant for any individual student project will be $2,000 (no more than $1,000 per semester). 

The  application deadlines are October 1 and February 15. 

Inquiries and proposals should be directed in electronic form to:

Don Jones, Director of the University Honors Program


Randi Ashton-Pritting, Director, University Libraries

Selection of successful proposals will be the responsibility of a committee.