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 2014 Writing Prize Competition!

Graduate Prize Winner

Phillip Guingona

University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Warlords and Dancing Beauties: A Study of Early Twentieth-century Sino-Philippine Bilateral Media Representations

Undergraduate Prize Winner

Tatenda Pasipanodya

St. Lawrence University

Democratic Tendencies: Wealth, the Middle Class, and the Prospects for Chinese Democracy


Undergraduate Honorable Mention Winner
Chika Okuyama

Hofstra University
Francis Ford Coppola and Japanese Culture

2014 Competition Information

Information about the 2015 competition will be posted in January. Guidelines and deadlines are likely to be similar to those listed below.

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 Graduate Paper Prize winner will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Association for Asian Studies and will be eligible to participate on a panel sponsored by the AAS Council on Conferences at the AAS annual 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: Tiantian.Zheng@cortland.edu

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