Research Cluster Awards

Several Canadian Sociological Association Research Clusters feature Best Student Paper Awards as part of our annual Conference.

Research Clusters may select up to 3 recipients in a specific year based on student level (Undergraduate, MA, or PhD).  All recipients will receive a certificate and ‘Commit Sociology’ T-shirt (while supplies last).  Each cluster may select only 1 recipient in a specific year to receive a $100 prize sponsored by the Canadian Sociological Association. Papers must be submitted by March 30 (unless otherwise stated) directly to the cluster.*

Full papers are not required when submitting an abstract to the Call for Abstracts.

Click the cluster below for their full award details.

 

Animals in Society

The Animals in Society Research Cluster is pleased to announce the inaugural Best Student Paper Award. This award is presented in recognition of excellent undergraduate or graduate scholarship in line with our Research Cluster’s aim and scope.  Graduate students may also be eligible for the Maybe Memorial Award.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing
  • Undergraduate, MA, or PhD student

Authorship of Nominated Paper

  • Sole authored
  • Co-authored papers is acceptable but the submitter must be the primary contributor

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper

  • Presentation in a Canadian Sociological Association Conference hosted session
  • Paper must be accepted for presentation in an Animals in Society affiliated session

Nominated Paper Status

  • Submission may be in any stage of publication (unpublished, submitted and approved but not yet published, or published in the past 6 months)

Nominated Paper Format

  • Maximum 30 pages in length, exclusive of title page, references and appendices
  • English submissions preferred

Submission Instructions:

Email a copy of the paper (in PDF) format along with the information below to Rochelle Stevenson by March 30, 2022.

  • Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and student level (Undergraduate, MA, PhD)
  • Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and student level(s), as applicable
  • Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is being presented

Please direct inquiries to Rochelle Stevenson or Sarah May Lindsay

Comparative and Historical Sociology

Each year, our Comparative and Historical Sociology Research Cluster awards the Best Student Paper. Any student who presents during our sessions are welcome to submit their paper as approved for their presentation. Their research must be a contribution to the field of historical and comparative sociology. The adjudicators will evaluate criteria such as a pertinent theoretical framework and consistent literature review, the writing style and the creativity of the authors.  One award only. If co-winners (2 different papers or co-authorship), they share the award.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing
  • Undergraduate, MA, or PhD Student

Authorship of Nominated Paper

  • Sole authored
  • Co-authored with another student (undergraduate, MA, PhD) or faculty member

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper

  • Presentation in a Canadian Sociological Association Conference hosted session
  • Presentation in a session affiliated with the Comparative and Historical Sociology Research Cluster

Nominated Paper Status

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format

  • Between 6,000 and 9,000 words
  • Submissions will be accepted in either English or French

Submission Instructions:

We will accept submissions by nominators or by self-nomination until the deadline of March 30, 2022.

Email a copy of the paper (in PDF) format along with the information below to Guillaume Durou:

  • Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and student level (Undergraduate, MA, PhD)
  • Co-author name(s), affiliation(s) (academic institution(s)), and student level(s)
  • Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is being presented
Criminology and Law

The Criminology and Law Research Cluster is now accepting submissions for our Best Student Paper Award. The paper must address themes broadly related to the subject areas of criminology, law and society, and/or socio-legal studies, and may be empirical and/or theoretical in focus. One recipient will be selected from among all papers submitted.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing
  • MA Student OR PhD Student

Authorship of Nominated Paper

  • Sole authored OR Co-authored with another student (undergraduate, MA, or PhD)

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper

  • Presentation in a Canadian Sociological Association Conference hosted session

Nominated Paper Status

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format

  • Maximum 25 pages
  • Submissions will be accepted in either English or French

Submission Instructions:

We will accept submissions by nominators or by self-nomination until the deadline of March 30, 2022.

Email a copy of the paper (in PDF) format along with the information below to Nathan Innocente:

  • Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and student level (Undergraduate, MA, PhD)
  • Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and student level(s)
  • Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is being presented
  • The author(s) are welcome to self-identify as a member of an equity deserving community
Economic Sociology

The Economic Sociology Research Cluster will be awarding a Best Graduate Student Paper award for the 2022 CSA.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper should be currently:

  • A member of the Canadian Sociological Association
  • The author must be a registered student (MA or Ph.D. student) when the paper is presented

Authorship of Nominated Paper:

  • An author may submit only one paper for consideration
  • Papers co-written with faculty are not eligible
  • Papers co-written with other students only are eligible
  • An author cannot have received the award in the previous three years

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper:

  • The paper must be approved for presentation (and subsequently presented) at the Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference in one of the Economic Sociology RC Sessions

Nominated Paper Status:

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format:

  • Paper length may not exceed 10,000 words (40 pages) maximum, including bibliography and appendices

Submission Instructions:

Please email a copy of the paper (in PDF format), along with the information below to Dr. Dean Curran before the deadline March 30, 2022

  1. Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and study program level (MA, PhD)
  2. Evidence of student status (ie copy of student card)
  3. Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and study program level(s)
  4. Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is submitted for presentation
Environmental Sociology

The Environmental Sociology Cluster is now accepting submissions for our Best Student Paper Award. One award will be presented to a graduate student (MA or PhD) whose paper is judged by the Cluster’s Awards Committee as being of the highest quality. The paper must be a contribution to environmental sociology, and can be empirical or theoretical.

The award includes a $100 prize, a Commit Sociology T-shirt, and a certificate of achievement from the CSA.  The due date for submissions is May 30, 2022 (following the Conference).

Eligibility Criteria

Primary Author of Nominated Paper

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing
  • Presenting the paper at one of the Environmental Sociology Cluster sessions or at any other session at the CSA conference
  • MA or PhD student

Authorship of Nominated Paper

  • The primary author must be sole or first author of nominated paper (if co-authors on the paper, must all be students)

Nominated Paper Status

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication
  • Unpublished and approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format

  • Submissions will be accepted in English, French, or Spanish
  • Length: 6,000-10,000 words, including references, notes, tables, and figures

Submission Instructions

  • Email a copy of the paper (in PDF, DOC, or DOCX) format along with the information below to Tyler Bateman  May 30, 2022 (following the Conference).
  • In the email please include:
    • Primary author name
    • email address
    • affiliation (academic institution)
    • student level (MA, PhD)
    • Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and student level(s)
    • Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is being presented
    • The author(s) are welcome to self-identify as a member of an equity deserving community
Feminist Sociology

The Feminist Sociology Research Cluster is now accepting submissions for our Best Student Paper Award. The Award is conferred annually to recognize the excellence in a paper presented at the CSA Conference, whose primary author is a student. The purpose of this award is to promote high-quality research in the area of Feminist Sociology among emerging scholars.

The nominated paper must address themes broadly related to the subject areas of Feminist Sociology, and it may be empirical and/or theoretical in focus. One or more recipients will be selected from among papers submitted.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper should be currently:

  • A member of the Canadian Sociological Association
  • A member of the Feminist Sociology Cluster (Contact Jolin Joseph to be added to the cluster listserv)
  • A Student at any level (Undergraduate, MA, or PhD)

Authorship of Nominated Paper:

  • Sole-authored OR Co-authored

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper:

  • Paper submitted and accepted for presentation in a session affiliated with the Feminist Sociology Cluster, Canadian Sociological Association Conference

Nominated Paper Status:

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format:

  • Approximately 7,000 – 8,500 words, or 20 – 30 pages (including references)
  • Language: English or French

Submission Instructions:

We will accept submissions by nominators or by self-nomination. Nominators must submit their nomination letters on the letterhead of their home institution. The letter should highlight the strengths of the paper in terms of its contribution to the area of Feminist Sociology in Canada or globally.

Please email a copy of the paper (in PDF format), along with the information below to Dr. Lisa Smith before the deadline March 30, 2022

  1. Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and study program level (Undergraduate, MA, PhD)
  2. Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and study program level(s) if student(s)
  3. Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is submitted for presentation
  4. The author(s) are welcome to self-identify as member(s) of an equity deserving group
Internet, Technology, and Digital Sociology

The Internet, Technology, and Digital Sociology Research Cluster supports all research associated with the social implications of technology, broadly defined. Some topics of interest to cluster members include: digital access and inequality, digitally-mediated communication, how technology influences networks and relationships (e.g., professional, friendship, romantic), cyberbullying and cybercrime, the role of technology in teaching and education, online self-expression (e.g., identity, performativity), methodological considerations and the affordances of online data (including big data), and many others that focus on online spaces or the impacts of technological interventions in face-to-face environments.

The ITDS cluster invites papers, broadly in the areas identified above, for its first annual Student Paper Award Competition. There will be one winner, who will receive from the CSA a prize of $100, a certificate of achievement and a ‘Commit Sociology’ T-shirt (available while supplies last). In addition, up to two honourable mentions/runner-ups will receive a certificate and T-shirt. The deadline to nominate a paper (self-nominations are welcome) is March 30, 2022. Results will be communicated by the ITDS paper adjudication committee by May 1, 2022.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

Eligibility:

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing is mandatory
  • Presentation in a Canadian Sociological Association Conference hosted session is mandatory
  • Currently enrolled graduate students (PhD or MA) will be eligible for the award. Papers are expected to be sole-authored, or co-authored only with other currently enrolled graduate students
  • The ITDS, in line with the CSA, invites and encourages the nomination (including self-nomination) of members from marginalized groups, including Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as women and/or LGBTQ2IA+, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of the Association

Requirements:

  • The paper must be submitted through the annual Conference Call for Papers process as a condition for consideration, preferably to the ITDS research cluster. The paper must be approved for presentation (and subsequently presented) at the Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference
  • Papers submitted for consideration for the ITDS paper award must not be submitted to paper awards associated with other CSA research clusters
  • Only one paper is permitted to be submitted for consideration to this paper competition
  • Submitted papers should either be unpublished works or not accepted for publication
  • The paper must be no longer than 10,000 words (including references and appendices)
  • Submissions must be written in English
  • Papers should be submitted in any of the following file formats: PDF, MS Word (.doc, .docx)

Submission Instructions:

Please email a copy of the paper (in PDF, MS Word -.doc, .docx)  along with the information below to Michael Adorjan before the deadline March 30, 2022

  • Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and study program level (MA, PhD)
  • Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and study program level(s)
  • Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is submitted for presentation
  • The author(s) are welcome to self-identify as member(s) of an equity deserving group
Political Sociology and Social Movements

The Political Sociology and Social Movements (PSSM) Research Cluster is now accepting submissions for the Best Student Award, to be presented to the graduate student (MA or PhD) whose paper is judged by the research cluster’s Awards Committee to be of the highest quality.  The paper must address a theme or themes broadly related to the subject areas of political sociology and social movements, and may be empirical and/or theoretical in focus.  The paper need not be presented at the Annual Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) Conference to be considered.

The award recipient will receive a certificate, as well as a “Commit Sociology” t-shirt, and will be recognized at the PSSM’s annual business meeting to be held virtually at the upcoming CSA Conference (May 16 to 20, 2022).  If the paper is not being presented at the Conference, the $100 is not applicable.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing
  • MA or PhD student

Authorship of Nominated Paper 

  • Sole authored or co-authored with another student (MA or PhD)

Nominated Paper Status 

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication
  • One submission per author

Nominated Paper Length and Language 

  • Maximum 10,000 words or 40 pages, including bibliography and appendices
  • Submission will be accepted in English or French

Submission Instructions

We will accept submission by nominators or by self-nomination until April 15, 2022.

Email a copy of the paper (in PDF) format along with the following information, to Emily Laxer or Lisa Kowalchuk , by April 15, 2022.

  • Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and student level (MA, PhD)
  • Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and student level(s)
  • The author(s) are welcome to self-identify as a member of an equity deserving community
Social Policy and Social Equality

The Social Policy and Social Equality Research Cluster is now accepting submissions for our Best Student Paper Award. The Award is conferred annually to recognize the excellence in a paper presented at the CSA Conference, whose primary author is a student. The purpose of this award is to promote high-quality research in the areas of Social Policy and Social Equality among emerging scholars.

The nominated paper must address themes broadly related to the subject areas of Social Policy and Social Equality, and it may be empirical and/or theoretical in focus. One recipient will be selected from among all papers submitted.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper should be currently:

  • A member of the Canadian Sociological Association
  • A member of Social Policy and Social Equality Research Cluster
  • A Student at any level (undergraduate, MA, or PhD)

Authorship of Nominated Paper:

  • Sole-authored OR Co-authored

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper:

  • Paper submitted and accepted for presentation in a session affiliated with the Social Policy and Social Equality research cluster, Canadian Sociological Association Conference

Nominated Paper Status:

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format:

  • Maximum 10,000 words or 40 pages (including references)
  • Language: English or French

Submission Instructions:

We will accept submissions by nominators or by self-nomination. Nominators must submit their nomination letters on the letterhead of their home institution. The letter should highlight the strengths of the paper in terms of its contribution to the area of Social Policy and Social Equality studies in Canada or globally.

Please email a copy of the paper (in PDF format), along with the information below to Dr. Weizhen Dong before the deadline March 30, 2022

  1. Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and study programme level (Undergraduate, MA, PhD)
  2. Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and study programme level(s) if student(s)
  3. Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is submitted for presentation
  4. The author(s) are welcome to self-identify as member(s) of an equity deserving group
Sociology of Disability

The Sociology of Disability Research Cluster wants to recognize the contributions of students who have used critical disability studies and/or mad studies perspectives to foster empirical and theoretical dialogues, as well as social change in how we understand disability and dis/ableism.

We are seeking submissions for the 2022 Best Student Paper Award in the Sociology of Disability. The award recipient will receive a $100 award and a certificate. Runners-up may be recognized with non-monetary awards.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper:

  • A member of the Canadian Sociological Association
  • Author must be an undergraduate or graduate student within the last year

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper:

  • Paper must be approved for presentation at the CSA Conferce during Congress 2022
  • Paper addresses a theoretical and/or empirical question relevant to the field of critical disability studies and/or mad studies.

Nominated Paper Format:

  • We accept both published and unpublished papers.
  • Papers should be no longer than 40 double-spaced pages, including notes and references.
  • Please submit the paper in Word format.
  • Only one paper can be submitted per student each year.

Submission Instructions

Please direct your questions and submit a copy of the paper in addition to the information below by email to the Research Cluster Co-Chairs, Kristen Hardy and Danielle Lorenz.  Deadline: March 30, 2022

  1. Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and study programme level (Undergraduate, MA, PhD)
  2. Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and study programme level(s) if applicable
  3. Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is submitted for presentation
Sociology of Education

The Sociology of Education Research Cluster is now accepting submissions for our Best Student Paper Award. The paper must address themes broadly related to the theme of education and inequality, and may be empirical and/or theoretical in focus. One recipient will be selected from among all papers submitted.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing
  • MA Student OR PhD Student

Authorship of Nominated Paper

  • Sole authored OR Co-authored with another student (undergraduate, MA, or PhD) (note: you would share the reward with your co-author, in this case)

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper

  • Presentation in a Canadian Sociological Association Conference hosted session
  • Paper presented in a session affiliated with the Sociology of Education research cluster

Nominated Paper Status

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format

  • Maximum 10,000 words or 40 pages
  • Submissions will be accepted in either English or French

Submission Instructions:

  • We will accept submissions by nominators or by self-nomination until the deadline of March 30, 2022.
  • Email a copy of the paper (in PDF) format along with the information below to Cathlene Hillier
  • Please include:
    • Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and student level (Undergraduate, MA, PhD)
    • If applicable: Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and student level(s)
    • Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is being presented
    • The author(s) are welcome to self-identify as a member of an equity deserving community
Sociology of Health

The CSA Sociology of Health Research Cluster Student Paper Award recognizes outstanding work by junior researchers. To be considered, the paper must focus on health, illness, or health policy. Papers can be empirical or theoretical.  The Health RC will offer 1 award from the nominated papers.

Eligibility Requirements

Primary Author of Nominated Paper should be currently:

  • A member of the Canadian Sociological Association
  • Primary author can be a master’s or doctoral student

Authorship of Nominated Paper:

  • Sole authored or with another student co-author

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper:

  • Papers must be presented in a Sociology of Health research cluster session

Nominated Paper Status:

  • We accept unpublished papers and published papers, as long as published paper was published with 12 months of the conference date

Nominated Paper Format:

  • Papers in English only
  • Maximum length 7,500 words not including references and abstract

Submission Instructions

Please email a copy of the paper (in PDF format), along with the information below to Michael Halpin (subject line “Health RC student paper award”) before the deadline March 30, 2022.

  1. Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and study program level (MA or PhD)
  2. Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and study programme level(s) if student(s) if applicable
  3. Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is submitted for presentation
Sociology of Mental Health

The Sociology of Mental Health Research Cluster is pleased to announce that is it now accepting submissions for its inaugural Best Student Paper Award. The award will be presented to recognize excellence among undergraduate or graduate students pursuing research in any substantive area related to the Sociology of Mental Health. Papers may be theoretical or empirical. One recipient will be selected among all papers submitted.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing
  • Undergraduate or graduate (MA or PhD) student

Authorship of Nominated Paper

  • Sole authored OR co-authored with another student (undergraduate, MA, or PhD)
  • An author may only submit one paper for consideration

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper

  • Presentation in a Canadian Sociological Association Conference session hosted by the Mental Health Research Cluster

Nominated Paper Status

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format

  • Paper length may not exceed 10,000 words (40 pages) maximum, including bibliography and appendices

Submission Instructions:

Papers will be accepted by nominators or by self-nomination until the deadline of March 30, 2022. Please email a copy of the paper (in PDF format), along with the information below to Drs. Jinette Comeau and Marisa Young.

  1. Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and study program level (undergraduate, MA, PhD). Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and study program level(s).
  2. Primary author evidence of student status (i.e. copy of student card)
  3. Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is submitted for presentation
  4. In keeping with the Canadian Sociological Association’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, author(s) are welcome to self-identify as a member of an equity deserving community.
Sociology of Migration

The Cluster on the Sociology of Migration is pleased to announce the creation of an award for the best student paper on the topic of the sociology of migration that is presented at the annual meeting. This award will acknowledge the contributions made by the awardee’s paper in advancing the knowledge and understanding of topics in the field of migration. Please see the web site for our mission statement and for examples of topics that fall within the Sociology of Migration field.

Only one award will be made for each year. Depending on the number and quality of submissions, the Sociology of Migration cluster adjudication committee reserves the right not to make a best student paper award in any given year.

Criteria for Submissions

Who is eligible?

The nominated paper may be written by one or more students (undergraduate, M.A. or Ph.D). Papers co-authored with faculty, with a workplace supervisor or with a colleague who has already received a Ph.D. will not be considered for the award.

The primary or sole author must be a member in good standing of the Canadian Sociology Association.  The primary or sole author also must be a registered student at the time of the paper submission.

CSA Conference Presentation of the Nominated Paper

The author(s) must present the submitted paper at a session of the annual CSA meeting in the year of the award. The author order for the nominated paper must be the same as the author order listed in the conference program.   The session can be affiliated with the Cluster on the Sociology of Migration or with another session not affiliated with the SOM cluster.

Nominated Paper Status

The paper should be an unpublished paper not yet approved for publication.

Papers that are published are not eligible for the award.  Papers already posted in the on-line pre-print section of a journal, book or report are not eligible for the award.

Nominated Paper Format

The maximum length of the nominated paper should be under 10,000 words or under 41 pages, including abstract, text, bibliographies, charts or tables, and appendices. The minimum length of a paper should be 15 pages, or 3,750 words.   The paper should be submitted in English and it should use New Roman 12 type. The text should be double spaced.

Nominated Paper Deadline

The deadline for the submission of the nominated paper is March 30.  The adjudication results will be available in May and the recipient(s) of the award will be announced at the SOM Cluster business meeting at the annual CSA conference and posted on the SOM website.

Adjudication of the submissions

The SOM cluster will strike an adjudication committee each year to review submissions for the best student paper award.

Number of Awards

Nominated papers for the SOM award may be entered for awards from other clusters or for the CSA best student paper award.

The SOM best student paper award will not be given to the same recipient for two successive years.

Submission instructions

The SOM cluster will accept self-nominations. It also will accept submissions by nominators external to the paper and authors, provided nominators have received permission by the authors to nominate.  All submissions must be made by March 30, 2022.

Submitting the paper consists of two steps.

  1. First, complete the form (download the SOM Award Information Form) which provides information about the nominator, the authorship and the presentation session.
  2. Second email this completed form in word with the attached nominated paper in PDF format to Monica Boyd (for 2022 only).  The last day for submitting both the form and the paper is March 30, 2022.

You will receive acknowledgement of its receipt; if you do not receive acknowledgement, please contact Monica Boyd within 5 days of sending in the material.

Urban Sociology

The Urban Sociology research cluster is now accepting submissions for our Best Student Paper Award. The paper should be sociological work that seeks to understand human interactions and institutions in urban areas. This includes research on topics that explore the various interrelated dimensions of cultural, economic and social life in cities that embraces empirical, theoretical, or methodological perspectives. One recipient will be selected from among all papers submitted.

Eligibility Criteria:

Primary Author of Nominated Paper

  • Canadian Sociological Association membership in good standing
  • MA or PhD student

Authorship of Nominated Paper

  • Sole authored or co-authored with another student (MA or PhD)

Conference Presentation of Nominated Paper

  • Presentation in a Canadian Sociological Association Conference hosted session
  • Paper presented in a session affiliated with the Urban Sociology research cluster

Nominated Paper Status

  • Unpublished and not yet approved for publication

Nominated Paper Format

  • Maximum 10,000 words or 40 pages
  • Submission will be accepted in English

Submission Instructions:

We will accept submission by nominators or by self-nomination until the deadline of March 30, 2022.

Email a copy of the paper (in PDF) format along with the information below to urbansociology.csa@gmail.com;

  • Primary author name, email address, affiliation (academic institution), and student level (MA or PhD)
    • Co-author name(s), affiliation(s), and student level(s)
  • Up to 100 word bio describing academic interests
  • Canadian Sociological Association Conference session in which the paper is being presented
  • The author(s) are welcome to self-identify as a member of an equity deserving community
Violence and Society

Following the successful establishment of the Violence & Society Research Cluster, its members established a student paper award to recognize burgeoning Violence & Society researchers who are enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Canada. This award is designed to be inclusive of a diverse array of potential topics connected to the sociological examination of violence in society.

Some of the substantive criteria that will be used to judge entries in the Masters and PhD category are:

  • It makes a new contribution to the empirical evidence about the causes of, or societal
    responses to, violence
  • It represents a development in the theoretical understanding of violence
  • It demonstrates clear quality of research, writing and argument development
  • It broadens or reconsiders what we mean by violence

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only student members enrolled in a Canadian institution and a member of the Canadian Sociology Association are eligible to submit a paper
  • Papers must be sole authored by students or co-authored with another student and must represent their original work
  • Papers must conform with a standard citation and bibliography format and the referencing style must be consistent throughout
  • Papers must be no longer than 10,000 words, including references
  • Papers must not be published or approved for publication
  • Students may only submit only one paper per year
  • Papers must clearly relate to sociology of violence and society
  • Papers must be submitted by the deadline stipulated
    • Late papers will not be eligible
  • Paper must be presented during the Canadian Sociological Association Conference this
    year in a Violence & Society Research Cluster affiliated session.

How to Apply

  • Students must submit their papers via email by 11:59 p.m. April 15, 2022 to Violence &
    Society Research Cluster Co-Chair Myrna Dawson
  • The student must indicate if they are submitting the entry to the Masters or PhD category of the paper competition
  • Each student must have their supervisor confirm their student status by email address
    provided below
  • Papers will undergo blind review so no identifying information should be included in the paper
    • Name, university affiliation, contact information and/or any other identifiers should be included under separate cover.

Competition Details/Paper Review

  • All eligible papers will be reviewed by the members of the Student Paper Award
    Committee
  • The review of papers will be blind, meaning that reviewers will not have knowledge of the authors of the papers being considered
  • Papers will not be returned to students nor will comments or feedback be provided
  • Students will be notified at the completion of review if their paper was successful in the award competition

Award Recipients

  • A single paper in each category (MA and PhD) may win the Violence & Society Research Cluster Best Student Paper Award
  • Each recipient of this award will receive a Certificate acknowledging their receipt of this award and a $250 case prize donated by the Centre for the Study of the Social and Legal Reponses to Violence (www.violenceresearch.ca), University of Guelph
  • The award will be presented at the Cluster’s Annual Meeting held during Congress 2022.
  • The winners will also be announced through the VS-RC website

Download Violence and Sociology Award Information