Student Paper Awards

Canadian Sociological Association
Violence & Society Research Cluster
Student Paper Awards


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; and/or,
-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-Papers must not be published or approved for publication.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, 2021 to Violence &
Society Research Cluster Co-Chair Myrna Dawson at
-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
-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 (, University of Guelph.
-The award will be presented at the Cluster’s Annual Meeting held during Congress 2021.
-The winners will also be announced through the VS-RC website.

Past Recipients