The American Society For Irish Medieval Studies/ An Cumann Meiriceanach Um Léann Na Meánaoise Éireannaí (http://www.asims.org/) announces its inaugural Undergraduate Prizes for Diversity in Irish Medieval Studies.
The competition is open to undergraduate students who self-identify as a member of a marginalized community who completed a course paper or project on an area related to Irish Medieval Studies, or undergraduate students who completed a course paper on a topic related to Diversity in Medieval Ireland.
Two prizes of $300 each will be awarded to assist a student to present their work at a conference, either in person or virtually, or to support their continued study in Irish Medieval Studies (e.g. towards a study abroad experience, or the cost of graduate program applications). The cash prize will be paid to the student in advance of the conference/approved use. Their research will be published on the ASIMS website, www.asims.org, where it will be displayed as undergraduate research supported by the ASIMS Diversity Prize, as well as being promoted on social media.
One prize will be granted to a student at the community college or four-year college freshman level for work completed in AY 2020-21 or AY 2021-22. One prize will be granted to a student at the sophomore level or above at a four-year college for work completed in AY 2020-21 or AY 2021-22.
Students may self-nominate or be nominated by faculty.
Submissions can take the form of any kind of undergraduate research, including essays, papers, posters, presentations, creative, or digital humanities.
• Must self-identify as a person from an under-represented group in academia OR submits work that examines an under-represented group in medieval Ireland.
• The applicant must be the sole or primary researcher for the submitted piece of work.
• Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate at the time the work was completed.
• Work must be submitted from AY 2020-21 and AY 2021-22.
• Winning submissions must be withdrawn from other competitions with a publication prize – ASIMS reserves the right as sole publisher of the awarded work.
Submissions should be PDFs sent as an email attachment, or a link to a stable URL contained within an email. The student or professor nominating should complete the submission form available at https://asims.org/prizes/#Diversity and attach it to the email as PDF or Word document. No other formats can be guaranteed acceptance.
All submissions should be sent before midnight, March 25, 2022 to:
Dr. Melanie Maddox
Associate Professor of History, The Citadel
The entries will be judged by a panel consisting of professors who teach in the field of the submissions. In future years at least one judge will be drawn from the prior year’s winners. The winners will be announced in May 2022 and the decision will be communicated to the winners and their professors as well as posted to ASIMS social media and website.