In 2010, the Council of the CAC voted to institute an annual prize for the best paper given by a graduate student at the CAC Annual Meeting. It will be awarded this year for the fourth time, at the Annual Meeting taking place in Winnipeg, May 14-16, 2013.
1. All student members of the CAC currently studying in an M.A. or PhD. graduate programme are eligible to enter. They must be members of the CAC in good standing (i.e., with their current year’s dues paid up) and their paper must have been accepted by the programme organizing committee for presentation at the CAC’s Annual Meeting. Students are permitted to win this award only once.
2. Students should submit a written version of their paper in electronic format (in .pdf format) to the Chair of the CAC Awards Committee, Professor Bonnie MacLachlan at Western University, (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline of Friday April, 26th. It should be in essence the written version of the oral paper to be delivered at the conference. (Students should not submit a longer, more developed version of their paper.) However, references to ancient sources and scholarly discussions should be incorporated, as appropriate, for the written version of the paper submitted.
3. Among the criteria used for judging will be the following: (i) whether the argument of the paper is announced clearly and is convincingly argued; (ii) whether the argument is contextualized in the scholarship (both specific and general) of the relevant academic field(s); (iii) whether there is some degree of original research (iv) whether there is sophistication in the argumentation, e.g., a demonstration of some familiarity with theoretical areas where appropriate and (v) whether the paper can be delivered within 15 minutes.
4. Before the meeting, the CAC Awards Committee will establish a short-list, normally of three papers. The committee will then attend the short-listed papers during the course of the Annual Meeting. The quality of oral delivery of the paper will be an important criterion in determining the winner.
5. The announcement of the winner will be made and the prize presented at the Annual Meeting after the last session of the conference.
6. A prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner, along with a certificate. The winner’s name will also be announced on the CCB.