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.

Click the cluster below for their full award details.  Check back often as more awards will be posted until the end of January.

 

Animals in Society

The Animals in Society Research Cluster is pleased to announce the  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  • Submission may be in any stage of publication (unpublished, submitted and approved but not yet published, or published in the past 6 months)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, 2023.

  • 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, 2023.

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

Submission Instructions:

We will accept submissions by nominators or by self-nomination until the deadline of April 30, 2023.

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 2023 CSA Conference.

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 April 30, 2023.

  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
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, 2023

  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 second 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 will receive a certificate and T-shirt. The deadline to nominate a paper (self-nominations are welcome) is March 31, 2023. Results will be communicated by the ITDS paper adjudication committee by May 5, 2023.

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 31, 2023
  • 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
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 meet the three following eligibility criteria at the time of submission:

  • A member of the Canadian Sociological Association.
  • A member of Social Policy and Social Equality Research Cluster or the author of an abstract accepted in a session affiliated with the Cluster at the 2023 Annual Conference. Note that Cluster membership is free and can be requested here.
  • A Student at any level (undergraduate, MA, or PhD).

Authorship of Nominated Paper:

  • Sole author OR first author of a co-authored paper (including with faculty members). In cases of papers with co-authors, a note specifying the contribution of each author should be added in the acknowledgement section.

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 accepted 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. Xavier St-Denis (xavier.st-denis@inrs.ca) before the deadline: April 21, 2022, alongside with the following information:

  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 2023 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 2023
  • Paper addresses a theoretical and/or empirical question relevant to the field of critical disability studies and/or mad studies and/or neurodiversity 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, 2023

  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, 2023.
  • 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, 2023.

  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 it is now accepting submissions for its 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, 2023. 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.