55th Annual Meeting
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
January 15-17, 2016

Student Prize Competition

    Three prizes of $100 each will be awarded this year: one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student from the Southeastern region of the United States for a study of an Asian topic. Papers may be from any discipline or may be inter-disciplinary, but must deal with Asia--here defined as the Indian subcontinent (including Afghanistan), Sri Lanka, and Southeast, East and Central Asia. The winning graduate paper from the SEC will be entered into competition for a panel of graduate papers from the eight AAS regionals at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies.

    Participants in the contest may be either undergraduate or resident graduate students at institutions in the Southeast. The Southeast Region consists of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

    Participants should have a letter of endorsement sent by a major professor, thesis advisor, department chair, or other appropriate person. A faculty member may endorse multiple papers. All papers written between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 are eligible for submission. Participants must submit the finished word processed papers to either Professor Hsiao (graduate) or Professor Nairt (undergraduate), [addresses below] no later than November 30, 2015.  Graduate participants are also encouraged to submit the proposed paper for possible inclusion on the program of the annual SEC meeting  January 15-17, 2016 at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia (See the Call for Papers; program deadline is October 31.) In addition, papers proposed by graduate students for the SEC conference at James Madison University in 2016 will be eligible for the competition, if also submitted to Professor Hsiao by Nov. 30, 2015.
    The finished paper should be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages, exclusive of footnotes and bibliography.  Papers will be judged on the merits of research, the clarity of the argument, and the quality of the writing. Works previously published are not eligible for the competition.

    Participants must include their name, address, phone number, school, whether undergraduate or graduate, and the name of the recommending professor on the title page.

    Papers will be read by a panel of judges, and prizes will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting during the SEC/AAS Conference at James Madison University on January 16, 2016. The winning papers will be considered for publication by the Conference in the annual Southeast Review of Asian Studies and the graduate paper will be entered into competition for a graduate panel at the 2016 Association of Asian Studies meeting.

    To submit papers or for further information about the competition, please contact:

For Graduate Papers

Prof. Li-ling Hsiao
CB #3267
306 New West
UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
H: 919-932-1157

For Undergraduate Papers

Prof. Savita Nair
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
O: 864-294-3322