Best Student Paper Prize

$500 cash award

Sponsor: Jim O’Connell

Eligibility & Guidelines:

The prize is open to both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in AAAE member programs. Program directors are invited to nominate student papers. Program faculty is responsible to identify student papers and offer them to the program director to nominate. Each member program is free to create its own nominating process for students’ papers. Students interested in the prize should contact their program directors and follow the quality standard and evaluation criteria, established by the said program.

The recipient of the prize will be announced at the AAAE’s conference in New York, and they will receive a $500 cash award.

The winner will be welcome to present at the Conference. If they elect to do so, AAAE will waive the conference registration fee. While the organizer cannot guarantee funding for travel and accommodation, we will do their best to provide access to scholarship resources. In addition, the winner’s and finalist’s papers will be reviewed for publication by partnering journals.


+ Only institutional members are eligible for the prize

+ Program directors must indicate that students are currently enrolled in the university’s graduate or undergraduate arts administration program or a related field (BA, BS, BFA, MA, MS, and MFA students are all eligible)

+ Maximum of one nomination per program will be accepted

+ Papers don’t need to be directly responding to the conference theme

+ Papers written during Fall 2022, Winter Intersession 2022 – 2023, and Spring 2023 semesters are eligible, incl. papers written in earlier semesters throughout 2022.

+ Submissions must be a minimum 2000 words and must not exceed 8000 words.

+ Papers must be double-spaced, written in Times New Roman, with a font size of 12 pt.

+ Nominations must be submitted by Monday, April 17, 2023