Graduate Student Essay Prize
The ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize was established in 1990 and 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.
2020 Graduate Student Essay Prize Winner
Leah Valtin-Erwin, “A Bag for All Systems: Shopping Bags and Urban Grocery Shopping in Late Communist and Early Post-Communist Eastern Europe 1980-2000,” Dept. of History at Indiana University
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.
Essay author must be a graduate student and must have written the essay in English while in a graduate program.
Essays can be any of several formats:
- Expanded versions of conference papers
- Graduate level seminar papers
- Master's Thesis Chapters
- Dissertation Chapters
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. Students cannot self-nominate their papers without going through the proper nominating procedures.
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 sent in electronic format, simultaneously to Mary Arnstein, Communications Coordinator, at email@example.com and to all members of the prize committee.
Deadline for submissions: June 15 (extended from June 1).
2020 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:
Laura Olson Osterman, U of Colorado, 2018-2020, Chair
Jovana Babovic, SUNY Geneseo, 2019-2021
Lauri Mälksoo, U of Tartu (Estonia), 2020-2022