Association for the Study of Food and Society seeks Student Paper Submissions

17 Dec

Deadline for Annual Submission: February 1. Electronic submissions ONLY!

The ASFS invites current undergraduate and graduate to submit a paper for the William Whit (undergraduate) and Alex McIntosh (graduate) prizes, respectively. These awards recognize students’ contributions to the field of food studies. There will be one award each for an undergraduate student paper and a graduate student paper.

The author of each award-winning paper will receive:
payment of annual membership and conference fees  to be applied to the following year if student is not attending in the current year
a free banquet ticket for the coming year’s annual meeting or the following year’s if a ticket has already been purchased or the student is not attending the conference in the current year

Although ALL applicant authors are highly encouraged to simultaneously submit an abstract to the ASFS/AFHVS conference by the conference deadline, prize-winning papers may be presented at an ASFS/AFHVS conference within two years of award (those prize winners submitting a conference abstract should indicate award status when s/he submits her/his conference abstract)
ASFS welcomes submissions on a wide range of issues relating to food, society and culture, and from the diverse disciplinary and trans-disciplinary fields that ASFS encompasses. The student prize committee will evaluate each paper according to five criteria (see below).

Submission Guidelines and Conditions of Award
Eligible entries must

have been written for a course or research project directed by a faculty member at an academic institution or research institute;
have been completed within one year prior to submission date (no earlier than the previous February);
be authored by a single student; and
be submitted via email with the following attachments:
a completed submission cover sheet (see below for requirements);
the properly formatted paper; and
a signed letter on letterhead from the primary supervising professor, testifying to single-handed authorship and veracity of information and data (please scan the signed letter or use an electronic signature and attach).


Do NOT: put the author’s name on the body of the paper
Do: put the title of the paper on each page
Style & format: APA or MLA
Word count: up to 5,000 words, excluding references and notes. Provide a word count on the cover sheet.
Text: double-space and include references and bibliographic information.
Margins: 1 inch top, bottom, left, right
Numbering: bottom center of each page Justification: left
Font style: use a serif font (such as Palatino, Times, Times New Roman, or Century Schoolbook), NOT a sans serif font (such as Arial, Geneva, or Verdana).
Font size: 12 point

Cover Sheet MUST include:

Submission for (check one):
___ Graduate Prize
___ Undergraduate Prize
Date of submission:
Title of paper:
Word count (excluding notes and references):
Author’s name:
Email address:
School attended when paper was written:
Degree Program (BA, MA, PhD):
Department and course title for which paper was written:
Year Written:
Professor/Advisor for whom paper was written:
Professor/Advisor’s email address and phone number:

Evaluation Criteria (up to 10 points for each):
Originality and Contribution to the field of food studies: to what extent does this paper expand our knowledge of food, culture, and social life? How original is its approach to analyzing its topic?
Application of appropriate methods: Has the author used the best methods for this particular issue? Does the paper illustrate a command of a particular form of analysis? (We encourage interdisciplinary work, so this is a good place to evaluate the innovativeness of the author’s approach).
Clarity and organization of the data: does the paper present its evidence in a coherent fashion?
Quality of writing: How well does the paper convey a story and speak to a broad audience. In particular, we want to honor papers that are readable and speak across disciplines.
Theoretical sense: To what extent does the paper use a recognizable framework? Does the paper use theory synthetically without heavy reliance on quotes and excessive jargon?

Please note
Authors are highly encouraged to simultaneously submit an abstract to the ASFS/AFHVS conference by the conference deadline.
Prizewinning papers may be presented at an ASFS/AFHVS conference within two years of award. Prizewinners may also postpone their registration and banquet ticket use for one year following the award.

Not eligible
Videos and other non-print formats
Late submissions
Submissions without faculty letter of verification and submission sheet
Papers submitted to AFHVS (and vice versa). (ASFS reserves the right to refer papers to AFHVS.)
Papers that do not fit the criteria specified
The committee also reserves the right to select an outside reader in particular areas of expertise

Submission Instructions
Submit an electronic version of the paper, which does not include personally identifying information, along with the submission cover sheet and electronic letter from the primary supervising professor to: Riki Saltzman. Dr. Saltzman will ensure that anonymous copies of the paper are sent to the Adjudication Committee. Please contact Riki Saltzman, Adjudication Committee Chair, for more information.

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