Each year the Society honors graduate student contributions to our conference by awarding two student presenters the Aurora Borealis Prize for the best oral paper presentations, one in the category of History and Social Science, and one in Arts and Humanities. Nominations for the prizes will be accepted from members of the Society who are either faculty or independent scholars/artists. Because the prize is specifically designed to recognize excellence in presentation as well as writing and research, nominations must be made selectively and only by those who actually hear the delivery of the paper.
Attendees of graduate student presentations should make an effort to nominate worthy papers. Self-nominated presentations will be accepted on rare occasions at the discretion of the President of SASS.
The Aurora Borealis Prize Committee operates a paperless submission process. Nominating SASS members may submit their nominations via e-mail to the executive director, Clydette Wantland at <email@example.com>, and should inform the nominee that he or she has been nominated. Nominees may then submit their papers as delivered, without revisions, along with any accompanying audio-visual or handout materials, to the same address via attachment. Please put Aurora Borealis in the subject line. Papers must adhere to professional citation standards and include a bibliography. Nominations and submissions will be accepted until June 1 of each year.
Nominations must include the following information:
- Name of presenter
- Presenter’s institutional affiliation
- Presenter’s e-mail address
- Presenter’s postal address
- Session name/number
- Title of paper
- Nominator’s recommendation regarding the papers eligibility for either History and Social Science or Arts and Humanities
- Nominator’s comments regarding reasons for the nomination, including information about the paper’s oral presentation, argument, originality, use of relevant sources/existing scholarship, and so forth.