The ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize is awarded for an outstanding essay by a graduate student in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
The winner of the competition receives free roundtrip domestic airfare to and room at the ASEEES Annual Convention and an honorary ASEEES membership for the following year. The prize is presented during the awards presentation at the Annual Convention.
Yulia Mikhailova, University of New Mexico, “'Christians and Pagans' in the Chronicles of Pre-Mongolian Rus: Beyond the Dichotomy of 'Good Us' and "Bad Them'”.
2014 Committee on the Student Prize
The winner of the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize will be chosen by the ASEEES Committee on the Student Prize:
- Elizabeth Skomp, Sewanee, University of the South; Committee Chair, 2012-2014
- Steve Harris, University of Mary Washington; 2013-2015
- Vasiliki Neofotistos, SUNY Buffalo, 2014-2016
Rules of Eligibility
Rules of eligibility for the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize competition are as follows:
ASEEES Regional Affiliates and Institutional Members are invited to hold their own competitions for best essay among their graduate students, and submit the winning paper to the ASEEES Grad Student Prize Committee.
Essays can be any of several formats:
- Expanded versions of conference papers
- Graduate level seminar papers
- Master's Thesis Chapters
- Dissertation Chapters
Submitter must clearly indicate the format of the essay submitted and provide an abstract.
Essays should have a minimum word count of 7,500 and a maximum word count of 14,000 (25 to 50 pages approximately) inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. Submissions must be double-spaced and include footnotes or endnotes.
Essays should be submitted to the ASEEES by the Chairs of the Regional Affiliates or the primary or secondary representatives of the Institutional Members. Graduate students whose institution is not an institutional member of ASEEES or is not holding a competition this year, are advised to check the rules for their regional competition.
Essays should be sent in electronic format, simultaneously to Mary Arnstein, Communications Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org and to all members of the prize committee.
Deadline for submissions: June 1.
- 2013 - Yulia Mikhailova, University of New Mexico, “'Christians and Pagans' in the Chronicles of Pre-Mongolian Rus: Beyond the Dichotomy of 'Good Us' and "Bad Them'”.
- 2012 - Bathsheba Demuth, University of California, Berkeley, “More Things on Heaven and Earth: Modernism and Reindeer in the Bering Straits”.
- 2011 - Jolanta Mickute, Indiana U, "Making of the Zionist Woman: Zionist Discourse on the Jewish Woman's Body and Sexuality"
- 2010—Zsolt Nagy, UNC, "National Identities for Export: Hungarian, Czechoslovak, Romanian Nationality Rooms in Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning."
- 2009—Ula Łukszo, for the essay “Bringing a Suppressed World to Light: Alterations to the Postcolonial Travel Narrative in Mariusz Wilk’s Wołoka”, winner of the Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference competition.
- 2008—Colleen M. Moore, for the essay “The Popular Response to War and Mobilization in Russia in 1914,” which also received the First Prize in the Graduate Paper Daniel Armstrong Memorial Essay Contest at Indiana University.
- 2007—Emily Baran, for her essay "Communism or Armageddon? Representations of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the Soviet Press, 1954-1985"
- 2006—Diana Mincyte, for her essay "The Pasteurization of Lithuania: Informal Food Markets and Globalization," winner of the graduate student essay competition held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.