2018 Student Research Award

Call for Student Papers: 2018 Student Research Award

Theme: Users of Arts & Humanities Digital Collections


SIG AH is seeking previously unpublished research for a Master’s or PhD Student Research Award including a free ASIS&T membership and cash prize up to $500. The submission form can be found at:

The theme, Users of Arts & Humanities Digital Collections, invites participation from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives on the topic. We encourage graduate-level submissions from a broad range of disciplines including the arts and humanities, digital humanities/new media, library and information science, and computer science. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, past research, case studies, and current projects that use arts and humanities digital collections, or that discuss topics in the following areas:

  • Creative re-use of digital collections
  • Teaching with digital collections
  • Researchers using digital collections
  • Usability of digital collections interfaces
  • Ethical issues related to digital collections access
  • Reverse-image lookup
  • Web analytics
  • Accessibility
  • Use of digital collections on social media
  • Digital Humanities projects

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who is currently a PhD or Master’s student. Students who are graduating in Spring 2018 may apply.

Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students from different institutions. All submitted works should be previously unpublished. Authors do not need to be members of ASIS&T. All research is expected to be purely the students’ work. Authors are required to secure any necessary permissions related to research findings from internships or collaborative projects being used in this research competition.

Submission Requirements & Selection Criteria

While the contest theme, eligibility, and submission criteria are flexible and invite creativity, research papers should show an appropriate level of graduate research and should include an advanced theoretical or empirical discussion, methodology, and analysis.

Research paper submissions should relate to the 2018 theme (Users of Arts & Humanities Digital Collections) and must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Word .doc or .docx format
  • Cover page with title, author names, institutional affiliations, and abstract of 250 words or less
  • 10 single-spaced pages or less (approximately 4,000 words), 12 pt. font, using APA citations and bibliography. Tables, graphs, images, etc. may appear within the body of the text.
  • No headers or footers (with exception of page numbers)
  • Author names should not appear anywhere in the main text.

Submission details should be provided via electronic form and final papers emailed by the May 18, 2018 deadline (details below).

A panel of judges will select award winners based on the following criteria: relevance of topic to the contest theme, originality of research and approach, and quality of student writing. Papers not meeting the above requirements may be excluded from the contest.


One (1) student paper may be awarded the Master’s Student Research Award or the PhD Student Research Award, including a monetary prize of up to $500 and a 1-year ASIS&T membership.

Submission and Deadline

Authors are invited to submit papers, based on the requirements and selection criteria above, by filling out the form at and emailing the document to ASIST.SIGAH (at) before 11:59 pm PST, May 18, 2018. Please ensure the information submitted on the web form matches the title and author name on the submitted final paper. Award winner will be announced in June 2018.

If you have any questions, please email ASIST.SIGAH (at)