July 23, 2014


Deadline. All materials for the 2013 competition must be submitted electroncially by September 1, 2013 to info@acsus.org  




2013 ACSUS Distinguished Dissertation Award


Award. The ACSUS Distinguished Dissertation Award consists of an honorari­um of $500, a certificate of citation, complimentary membership in ACSUS for two years, and reasonable travel expenses for the recipient to attend the biennial ACSUS conference at which the award will be conferred. The awardee will be expected to make a twenty-minute presenta­tion on his or her work at the conference.


Nominations. Faculty serving on dissertation committees at universities in the US and individual members of ACSUS are invited to nominate deserving students who have completed the Ph.D. degree between August 2011 and August 2013. The nomination must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's dissertation advisor and from one additional referee. (The advisor and referee need not be members of ACSUS.)


Supporting Materials. Each nomination should be accompanied by a copy of the dissertation, a dissertation abstract not to exceed 500 words (typed double-spaced), and a one-page resume of the nominee. Appendi­ces containing charts, tables, and bibliographies should also be included. These materials should be submitted electronically to info@acsus.org by September 1, 2013.


Award Committee. The President of ACSUS will name a Dissertation Award Committee to include one ACSUS officer, one ACSUS councilor, and two additional ACSUS members, one from the humanities or fine arts and one from the social sciences or business. At the committee's discretion, additional consultation may be sought.


Criteria. The successful nominee's dissertation should represent original work that makes a significant contribution to the nominee's discipline and to the study of Canada.  The disserta­tion must contain at least 50% content on Canada; the topic may, however, be comparative in nature. The dissertation will be judged on substantive and methodological quality, originality of thought, and clarity.


Contact info@acsus.org for full list of previous recipients