The Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology is pleased to announce the Lise Waxer Graduate Student Paper Prize competition. The prize was created to recognize the most distinguished student paper in the ethnomusicology of popular music presented at the SEM annual meeting. The Waxer Prize comes with a cash award of up to $200. All students giving papers on popular music topics at the SEM conference are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration.
Scholar, teacher, and musician, Lise Waxer was an ethnomusicologist whose research on salsa music was greatly admired in the field and whose supportive work as a mentor and colleague inspired the greatest loyalty and respect from those around her. Her untimely death in 2002 was a shock to those that knew her, and at the 2002 SEM meeting, the PMSSEM voted to name the prize in her honor.
About the Prize
To recognize the most distinguished student paper in the ethnomusicology of popular music presented at the SEM annual meeting.
A cash prize in an amount decided annually by the PMSSEM chair; the amount will not exceed $200.
Annually. The prize may be withheld by the decision of the committee.
Any student who presents, in person, a formal paper in the ethnomusicology of popular music at the SEM annual meeting is eligible for the prize. A student shall be defined as a person pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program. This includes persons who are engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation but not those who are teaching full-time while doing so. To be eligible, the applicants must submit this registration form at the PMSSEM business meeting and email a copy of his or her paper to moc.liamg|ezirprexawmessmp#moc.liamg|ezirprexawmessmp before the deadline listed on the annual Call for Submissions. The paper submitted must be the version that was read at the conference and must not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (roughly 4,000 words).
The selection committee shall be made up of three or four members of PMSSEM, with members chosen for the next year's competition by the section at its annual business meeting or by mail-in vote. (Students may not serve on this committee.) Entries will be judged solely on the content of the papers, including the use of video and audio examples submitted. In general, the Waxer Prize selection committee will decide upon a winner by 15 March each year.
To apply for the Waxer prize, the prize candidate must complete two steps:
- Submit a completed registration form to the Chair of the prize committee at the PMSSEM business meeting, the time and location of which are listed in the SEM conference program; and
- Send a copy of his or her paper, in PDF format to moc.liamg|ezirprexawmessmp#moc.liamg|ezirprexawmessmp before the submission deadline: 12:00 PM (eastern time) on the third day after the end of the annual SEM conference. (In most cases the deadline is at noon on the Wednesday following the annual SEM meeting.) The paper submitted must be the version read at the conference and may not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (roughly 4,000 words). Candidates who wish to submit audio or visual examples should send these to the above email address as well.
Submissions are due at 12:00 PM (eastern time) on the third day after the end of the annual SEM conference.
You may download the Lise Waxer Prize Registration Form in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
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