UB College of Arts and Sciences

New York Conference on Asian Studies

The Marleigh Grayer Ryan College Student Writing Prize

NYCAS Congratulates the Winner of the 2013 Writing Prize Competition!

Graduate Prize Winner

Rafal Stepien

Columbia University

The Impossibility of Language:
Poetic Modes of Apophasis in Buddhist and Islamic Mystical Literature

Undergraduate Prize Winner

Kai R. Wasson

University at Buffalo, State University of New York

The Power of Invisibility:
American Empire in the Conundrum of Yasukuni Shrine


Undergraduate Honorable Mention Winner
Eric Lee

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Empress Liu: Agency, Regency, and Bureaucracy

2014 Competition Information

The New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) encourages the development of the skills of scholarly writing by awarding annual prizes for excellent student papers dealing with Asia. Two such prizes are awarded each year, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student. Runners-up are named in each category.

The prizes honor the outstanding service of Dr. Marleigh Grayer Ryan, former Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Japanese Literature, and Coordinator of Asian Studies at SUNY New Paltz; and longtime Executive Secretary of NYCAS.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students at a college or university in New York State.

Field: East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Asia in diaspora, and Asian American studies.

Awards: The First Prize winners in the Undergraduate and Graduate categories each will receive a $100 prize; up to $100 reimbursement for travel and expenses to attend the NYCAS 2014 Annual Meeting hosted by Hofstra University on September 18-20, 2014; and a waiver of the NYCAS 2014 registration fee, including conference meals at the NYCAS meeting.

The Runner-up/Honorable Mention winners each will receive a waiver of the NYCAS 2014 registration fee, including conference meals at the NYCAS meeting.

The winning papers will be published on the NYCAS website and considered for presentation in a panel at the NYCAS meeting. The prizes will be presented at a luncheon on September 20, 2014.

Format of papers: Papers should include a cover page giving the title of the paper, the student's name, category, institution, and contact information (including current email and permanent mailing address).

Submission of papers: A student may submit only one entry. Papers may be submitted by the student author or by a faculty member acting on behalf of a student. A faculty member may not provide any evaluative comments at the time of nomination.

Papers should be submitted by email attachment only. Undergraduate papers are limited to 40 pages. Graduate papers are limited to 60 pages.

A submitted paper should stand alone and not be a segment of a larger work, such as a Senior Thesis, Masters' Thesis, or Doctoral Dissertation. 

With your emailed submission, please include a completed cover sheet. This cover sheet should be saved, preferably as a pdf, and then attached when you email your paper.

Click here to access the cover sheet.

Entry deadline: June 1, 2014

Notification of awards: August 15, 2014

Submit papers by email attachment to:

Professor Tiantian Zheng, Chair

NYCAS Marleigh Grayer Ryan Prize Committee

email: TiantianZheng@cortland.edu

Please click here to view previous Marleigh Grayer Ryan prize winners.