ASI-WAS Undergraduate Prize
The Animals and Society
Institute (ASI) and Wesleyan Animal Studies (WAS) offer an annual prize for
undergraduate students who have written papers in Human-Animal Studies.
ASI and WAS offer a prize to an outstanding, original theoretical or empirical
scholarly work that advances the field of human-animal studies. Papers can come
from any undergraduate discipline in the humanities, social sciences or natural
sciences, and must be between 4,000-7,000 words long, including abstract and
references. The winning paper will be published in Society & Animals,
an interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles describing and analyzing experiences
of and with non-human animals. Topics can include human-animal interactions in
various settings (animal cruelty, the therapeutic uses of animals), the applied
uses of animals (research, education, medicine and agriculture), the use of
animals in popular culture (e.g. dog-fighting, circus, animal companion, animal
research), attitudes toward animals as affected by different socializing
agencies and strategies, representations of animals in literature, the history
of the domestication of animals, the politics of animal welfare, and the
constitution of the animal rights movement.
Applicants must be currently enrolled on a full or part-time basis in an
academic program at a college or university, or have graduated from a
college or university within the 12 months of the application. Prior first
place winners are ineligible, as are papers that have won prizes in other
competitions. Students may submit only one paper per year for consideration.
Submissions are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, and natural
sciences, and must deal explicitly with non-human animals and/or the
human-animal relationship. Students are responsible for keeping prize
coordinator updated with current contact information. If student cannot
be contacted, the prize is forfeited.
Papers are accepted on August 1 each year.
Cover sheet with the applicant's name, mailing
address to be used for future correspondence, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail
address, present rank and institution name.
Paper must be 4,000-7,000 words long, including
a one paragraph abstract and references.
The first page should include the title of the
paper and the author's name. The next manuscript page should include the
title and a 200-word abstract.
Papers should be submitted electronically along
with a letter by the student's faculty sponsor, on school letterhead, verifying
their enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student, or a student
enrolled the previous year (all in electronic format).
The selection committee includes members from a range of disciplines connected
to Human-Animal Studies, including editors from Society & Animals.
Entries will be rated according to criteria associated with the quality of
conceptualization, significance of topic, clarity and aptness of the methods
(when applicable), quality of writing, command of relevant work in the field,
originality, and contribution to Human-Animal Studies.
Winning paper will be published in an issue of Society
Next two papers will get honorable mentions and
have their abstracts published in Society & Animals
All three winners will receive a book of their
choice from ASI's Human-Animal Studies book series published by Brill
Winning papers will be announced on the ASI and
WAS websites, and in e-newsletters and other publications. The Committee may
decide that no entry meets qualifications as prize winner.
should email electronic copies of the paper and cover sheet to email@example.com
by the deadline.
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