Submit a Proposal

The Tracing Race at Iowa State University Advisory Group is seeking proposals for digital projects that reveal the under-documented history of accomplishment and experience of people of color, and engage with the history of race at Iowa State University. The committee welcomes proposals from all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff in any disciplines. Undergraduate applicants are asked to identify a faculty or staff advisor for their project.

Proposals may be submitted at any time and are reviewed once per semester with the following due dates: the first Friday of November and the first Friday of April.

Proposals are evaluated by the Advisory Group, and the expected term of work for selected projects is the semester following the selection. The Tracing Race at Iowa State University initiative is administrated by the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI) department of the Iowa State University Library. If you have a topic in mind but are unsure how to express it as a digital project, we recommend scheduling a consultation with a member of DSI. For an introduction to library resources related to this initiative, visit our research guide. Please direct any questions about this proposal process to the project coordinator, Erin Ridnour,

Student Funding Opportunity

The Iowa State University Library is pleased to offer the Tracing Race at Iowa State University Initiative Student Scholar Award paid for by the Sanderson Family Library Assistantships fund. Students who submit project proposals and serve as the project lead will be considered for $2,500 awards to support their projects. See the funding announcement for more information.


Submit a Proposal


Digital scholarship projects developed in partnership with Digital Scholarship & Initiatives will be published as Open Access as appropriate, and a record of the project will be created within the Iowa State University Digital Repository. Digital Scholarship & Initiatives encourages publishing work under the Creative Commons ShareAlike License (CC BY-SA) or the Creative Commons License (CC0). For projects in which Digital Scholarship & Initiatives is a co-author, we may require Creative Commons licensing to maintain the strategic goal to provide public and open access to scholarship.