Student Paper Award

Each year the Internet, Technology, and Digital Sociology research cluster recognizes the best paper submitted by a graduate student on a topic related to the social implications of technology. Below you can find details regarding the submission guidelines, eligibility criteria, and adjudication of our annual ITDS Student Paper Award Competition, as well as our Previous Award Recipients.

Paper Topics:

The ITDS 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 Student Paper Award invites paper submissions, broadly in the areas identified above.

Submission Guidelines:


  • 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 cluster, 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


  • 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 Student 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 (2023):

  • The deadline to nominate a paper (self-nominations are welcome) is TBD
  • Please email a copy of the paper (in PDF, MS Word – .doc, .docx) along with the information below to Michael Adorjan before the deadline:
    • 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


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. Results will be communicated by the award committee by TBD.

For more information, please contact the Chair of the award committee.

Award Committee (2022)

Dr. Michael Adorjan, University of Calgary (Chair)
Dr. Anabel Quan-Haase, Western University
Dr. Kaitlynn Mendes, Western University
Dr. Mike Zajko, University of British Columbia – Okanagan

Award Winners

2022 – Dilshan Fernando, University of Guelph (“The Limited Use of ICT Solutions for Peripheral Inaccessibilities Faced by People with Disabilities in Myanmar”)