The Norman Meller Research Award of $250.00 is given annually to the best MA research paper produced at the University of Hawaiʻi in the social sciences or humanities and focused on the Pacific Islands. Plan A theses, Plan B papers, or MA portfolios are eligible. Submissions may be made by students or by nominations from the faculty, and are not limited to students in the MA program in Pacific Islands Studies. The submissions are read by a panel of judges, who consider the overall quality of the submission, the depth of the research it represents, and the significance of the work in the field of Pacific Islands Studies. Of particular interest are submissions that employ interdisciplinary approaches and/or include indigenous epistemologies and perspectives. The judges reserve the right to recommend that more than one award be made, or that no award be given.
To be eligible for the 2018 award, the work must have been completed during the 2017-2018 academic year and should be submitted in hard copy and electronic form to Professor Terence Wesley-Smith, Director, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore 212, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96822. Any multimedia components must be prepared in formats that are readily accessible using standard computer equipment. The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2018.
This award is made possible by a bequest from Dr Norman Meller, a political scientist and founding director of the Pacific Islands Studies Program, who passed away in 2000.