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SIG AH 2019 Student Research Award!

SIG AH is seeking previously unpublished research for a Master’s or PhD Student Research Award including a free ASIS&T membership and cash prize up to $500!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 theme, “Games and Information Science,” 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:

  • archiving games;
  • classifying, cataloging, and/or describing games;
  • teaching with games;
  • gamification;
  • games and digital collections;
  • game communities.

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who is currently a PhD or Master’s student. Students who are graduating in Spring 2019 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 All submitted works should be previously unpublished.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 2019 theme (Games and Information Science) 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 19, 2019 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 (dot) SIGAH (at) gmail (dot) com before 11:59 pm PST, May 19, 2019. 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 2019.

If you have any questions, please email ASIST (dot) SIGAH (at) gmail (dot) com