The Presidential Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper is given at the Annual Meeting. Eligible are graduate students whose paper is accepted on the program and who will not have received their Ph.D. by the time it is read. The full text of the oral talk is submitted in advance of the meeting and an ad hoc committee selects the winner. The award (with a prize of $200 plus a one-year membership in CAMWS) is presented at the annual business meeting, even though the winner may not yet have read it by the time of the meeting. Runners-up also receive a one-year membership in CAMWS.
There are two criteria for evaluation: (1) the quality of the scholarly argument, including the importance of the topic, the originality of the treatment, and the quality of mind displayed; (2) the effectiveness of an oral presentation, including the quality of the writing, good organization, and interest to an audience. Any graduate student whose abstract has been accepted by the program committee may submit a complete text of the paper for consideration for this award.
The paper submmitted for this award should be in the form actually to be delivered at the meeting (not a longer seminar paper on which the CAMWS paper is based). If a handout is required for comprehension of the paper, the handout must be included.
Those wishing to be considered for this award at the 2018 meeting in Kitchener, Ontario should submit their completed paper electronically to the CAMWS President at email@example.com by Tuesday, February 28. 2018.
The winners of the 2017 Presidential Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at the Annual Meeting were:
Ursula M. Poole (Columbia University) The Winter of Discontent: Climate and Interiority in the Exilic Poems.
Sarah C. Teets (University of Virginia) The Counterfeit Rhetor: Class in Demosthenes’ Characterization of Aeschines’ Use of Oral and Written Communication in the De Corona.