Sanjek Student Paper Prize

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The committee for the David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – US Branch (IASPM-US) invites graduate students who will be presenting at the 2016 IASPM-US and Canada conference to submit their papers for consideration.

Eligibility: Any student who presents, in person, a formal paper at the 2016 meeting is eligible for the prize. A student shall be defined as a person pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program. This includes persons who are engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation but not those who are teaching full-time while doing so. Student applicants must be members of IASPM-US. (IASPM Canada will hold its own competition, distinct from that of the US branch.)

Application Process: To apply for the prize, candidates must electronically submit a copy of their paper to along with a brief bio (75 words) and copy of their conference registration receipt. Paper submissions should be in Word or pdf format.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 20 at 11:59 pm. The paper deposited is to be the version that is read at the conference and may not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (roughly 3,900 words).

The winner will be announced at the general business meeting at the annual conference. The award includes a prize of $500.

Please feel free to email the chair of the committee, Eric Hung (, if you have any questions.

Committee:  Andrew Flory, Kariann Goldschmitt, Eric Hung