Student Delegate Conference Prizes

Winners of the 2018 Prizes:

1st Prize Angharad Dvais $500,

2nd Prize Mara Davis $250,

3rd Prize Sally Blackwood $150

Applications Closed 5pm AEDST Wednesday 28 November 2018.

2018 Applications


Before completing the form below and uploading your paper, please read the following information carefully, to ensure you have complied with the requirements. Please also refer to the notes at the top of the application form regarding the content of the document to be uploaded.

This is an annual prize to be awarded at the National Conference in accordance with the following Guidelines:

1. Prizes for a Student Delegate at a National Conference of the MSA

1.1 General

1.1.1 Where funds are available, up to three cash prizes may be awarded on an annual basis to recognise the best scholarly work presented by Student Members at the National Conference for that year. These prizes recognise excellence in the research endeavour of Student Members of the society presenting scholarly work at a National Conference. The successful submissions and their presentation will exhibit an academic merit and standard that distinguishes them from other submissions by Student Members at the National Conference. The prizes do not favour any field or approach, but should recognise original contributions within a field situated within the general purview of musicological research.

1.1.2 The Prizes shall be entitled: '1st/2nd/3rd Prize for a Student Delegate at the [insert appropriate Year] National Conference of the MSA'.

1.1.3 It is recommended that the recipients of these Prizes be listed perpetually in publications of the MSA, for instance the Newsletter and the MSA website.

2. Procedures

2.1 At least six weeks before the relevant National Conference, a general notice shall be circulated by the Secretary of the Committee in consultation with the National Conference Organising Committee to student delegates whose proposals have been accepted for the forthcoming National Conference.

2.2 Submissions considered for the Prize must be received no later than one week before the commencement of the relevant National Conference.

2.3 Submissions for the Prizes shall consist of a version of the scholarly work in Microsoft Word or PDF format, submitted via the link on the relevant page of the MSA website. This document must include title and name of the applicant, contact details, institution, course and principal supervisor, and should include a genuine abstract of the scholarly work and a bibliography of works cited.

3. The criteria for judging submissions are divided into two main components. A sample scoring sheet based on these criteria is given as Appendix C of the MSA Operational Manual. The criteria are as follows:

3.1 Scholarly content and argument (75% of assessment; to be assessed before conference).

3.1.1 Academic merit shall be determined according to the contribution the submitted piece makes to its field(s) either in terms of new findings or new readings of existing knowledge (50%).

3.1.2 The submitted piece shall be assessed for clarity and method. It should be well-structured, factual, make ethical use of sources through appropriate acknowledgement, and employ language in a suitable and effective way (25%).

3.1.3 The Awards Committee may refer submissions to expert readers only if it believes it is required for purposes of assessing the submission according to the criterion set out in section 3.1.1.

3.2 Presentation (25% of assessment; to be assessed at conference).

3.2.1 One member variously selected from the Committee shall assess each applicant's presentation and report his or her findings to the committee.

3.2.2 The applicant shall deliver her or his presentation in a clear and effective manner. In addition to the manner of delivery, the relevance and substance of audio and visual aids and examples, or performances where appropriate should be considered herein.

3.2.3 The presentation shall adhere to the permitted timeframe as set down by the National Conference Organising Committee, e.g. 20 minutes with 10 minutes of questions.

3.2.4 The ability of the presenter to adequately address questions at the end of their presentation in an informed and coherent manner shall be considered when appropriate.

3.2.5 The Awards Committee shall determine the manner in which components listed in 3.2.2 to 3.2.4 are scored.

3.3 To assist in the numerical ranking of all submissions, a scoring sheet should be completed by each Awards Committee Member and used as the basis for the determination of the Prize. Each Awards Committee should agree as to the format of the scoring sheet. An example of such a sheet is provided as Attachment A in the MSA Operations Manual.

3.4 In the case of tied scores, a vote by the Awards Committee shall determine the final outcome.

3.5 All determinations of the Awards Committee are final. There shall be no recourse to review or appeal on its findings.

4. Eligibility

4.1 Past recipients of the Prize are ineligible for any subsequent Prize.

4.2 The student must be a Student Member at the time their scholarly work is considered and the Prize is awarded.

4.3 The Prize is open to candidates enrolled in a program of supervised research at a recognised Australian or New Zealand institution of Higher Education or Australian or New Zealand citizens studying overseas in non-Australian institutions of higher education. Foreign citizens studying at a non-Australian or non-NewZealand institutions of Higher Education are ineligible for the Prize.

4.4 Only the version of the scholarly work that is actually presented at the conference is eligible for consideration.

4.5 The submission must be presented at the conference.

4.6 The submission shall not have already been presented at another national or international conference, and shall not have already been published.

4.7 While nominally the Prize is intended for an individual Student Member, the Awards Committee may grant an exception to this eligibility rule where convention dictates that the student member as principal author name additional individuals as co-authors out of ethical or conventional considerations, e.g. supervisors or traditional owners.

5. Outcomes and Notification

5.1 The Awards Committee reserves the right not to award any or all of the Prizes if submissions lack sufficient overall merit.

5.2 The Chair of the Awards Committee or a nominated representative shall announce on behalf of the National Executive the winner of the Student prize at the Annual General Meeting, or (in cases where the AGM does not coordinate with the National Conference) a Prize Ceremony during the National Conference. In years when no Prize is awarded, the non-award of the Prize shall be noted at the Annual General Meeting.

Application requirements

In accordance with the rules regarding submission (paragraph 2.3 above) please ensure you comply with the following requirements. Judging criteria are provided in section 3 above.

  • Total presentation time should not exceed 20 minutes. In terms of reading text, this equates to approximately 2500 words (not including abstract, notes or bibliography), less if media files are to be played, or musical examples, graphics or tables explained extempore. Bear in mind that your scholarly work needs to be reviewed within a brief window of time between submission deadline and conference.
  • The scholarly content (research, argumentation, written style) of the submission is a major component in assessing potential winners. For this reason, a PowerPoint file is not acceptable as the submitted document.
  • The size of embedded graphic or media files should be minimised, assuming their inclusion is essential. Insert them at the relevant place in the document you upload. Do not include photos (for example, of composers), other graphics or media files unless they are integral to your argument.
  • Please include your full details (see 2.3, above) your abstract (updated, if necessary, as an accurate reflection of the content of the document submitted) at the beginning, and a bibliography listing all cited sources at the end of the document.
  • While the paper presented at the conference must be essentially the same as the document submitted, minor revisions are permitted; it is also permissible to 'read to' the paper submitted by way of your presentation.
  • Please name the file you upload with your surname and first name, in the format [SurnameFirstname]

Submissions that do not comply with the requirements listed above will not be considered for the prize.

To apply, please complete the form below and upload your paper.

Submissions for 2018 close at 5pm AEDST Wednesday 28 November 2018. This deadline is strictly enforced.


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