Student Essay Award: Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award from ASIS&T

Here’s another opportunity to get published, fund a conference trip, and notch up your resume:

The Best Student Research Paper Award is organized by the Association for Information Science and Technology, and rewards a masters-level research effort that in some way involves technology. (Metadata? Cataloguing technology? Arts databases? Digitization techniques? Tumblr for institutions?) The prize includes possible publication in the society’s journal, and $500 to defray the cost of attending the annual conference.

The deadline for submission is June 15th. Your submission needs to fall under the general scope of the Journal of the Association for Science and Information Technology. The award will be presented at their annual conference, in Seattle this year, October 31st – November 4th.


Any student in a Masters degree-granting institution can submit a paper. Doctoral theses are not eligible.

Papers submitted must fall into the scope of JASIST and must be endorsed by a faculty sponsor for submission to the contest.

Papers submitted should be original manuscripts (not previously published) and should not be submitted to other publications or groups while they are being considered by the Jury.

You’ll need to submit a cover letter with your personal information, the paper (without identifying information), and “no more than two letters of endorsement from faculty sponsors.”

Your work will be judged on “technical competence in information science, significance of information science findings, originality, and clarity of expression.” You’ll find the electronic submission process at the awards page.