ACMR prizes recognize and commemorate exceptional scholarly research in the field of Chinese music. In addition to recognizing outstanding writing in Chinese music research each year, these awards honor Barbara Barnard Smith and Rulan Chao Pian, two major figures in our field and co-founders of the ACMR, and honor the memory of Nora Yeh’s mother Ruby Chao Yeh.
Email submissions and nominations to ACMR President Adam Kielman ([email protected]). Applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of the award as soon as possible.
Barbara Barnard Smith Student Paper Prize
Deadline: April 15
The Barbara Barnard Smith Student Paper Prize is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding student paper in the field of Chinese music, broadly defined, that was presented at the national Society for Ethnomusicology meeting in the previous year. Review will be conducted by a rotating selection committee composed of three members of the ACMR executive board or appointed by the ACMR president. The Barbara Barnard Smith Prize is accompanied by a $100 award. The winner will be notified by e-mail generally within three months of the ACMR meeting; an abstract of his/her paper will be included in the following ACMR Newsletter.
Submit your paper as an attachment to an email to the ACMR President. The submitted paper should be identical to the presentation at the SEM, but should include additional bibliographic and discographic materials as appropriate. Consideration for the Smith prize requires current ACMR membership; if you are not a current member of ACMR please renew or join when submitting your work. Prize winners will not be eligible to receive the award thereafter.
Rulan Chao Pian Publication Prize
Deadline: April 15
The Rulan Chao Pian Prize recognizes the best article on Chinese music, broadly defined, published in an English-language scholarly journal or edited volume within the calendar year. The Rulan Chao Pian Prize is accompanied by a $100 award. Review will be conducted by a rotating selection committee composed of three members of the ACMR executive board or appointed by the ACMR president. The winner will be notified by e-mail generally within three months of the ACMR meeting; an abstract of the article will be included the following ACMR Newsletter.
Submit the article as an attachment to an email to the ACMR President. Consideration for the Pian prize requires current ACMR membership; if you are not a current member of ACMR please renew or join when submitting your work.
Ruby Chao Yeh Award for Student Travel to Annual SEM Meeting
Deadline: September 15
The Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR) is proud to present the Ruby Chao Yeh Award for Student Travel. The award aims to promote graduate and undergraduate student research on Chinese music by supporting research presentations at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) or at the annual ACMR meeting.
The annual Yeh award will provide $500 toward travel expenses for one student whose paper on Chinese music, broadly defined, has been accepted in the SEM general program (with secondary consideration given to student paper presentations at the ACMR meeting). The award will be presented at the ACMR meeting, held in conjunction with the SEM meeting, and an announcement will be published in the ACMR Newsletter. We also will extend presenters the opportunity to publish their research in the Spring issue of the ACMR Newsletter. Submit all materials to Meredith Schweig ([email protected]) by September 15.
The Yeh award committee will include three members: the ACMR President, Nora Yeh or designate, and one additional ACMR officer. At the time of application, the applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled full-time in any discipline in a US academic institution. The proposed paper must show careful research and analysis that contributes to the scholarly study of Chinese music.
Applications for the Yeh award must include:
One-page cover letter describing the applicant’s background and current activities, indicating why the applicant deserves consideration for this award;
One-page CV (which includes the applicant’s contact information: institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and academic email address);
Title and abstract of the accepted paper presentation; and
One letter of recommendation from an instructor or mentor, sent under separate cover.
Consideration for the Yeh Award requires current ACMR membership; if you are not a current member of ACMR please renew or join when submitting your work.