The Jeanne Kissner Undergraduate Essay in Humanities Award was created in honor of the late Jeanne Kissner, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Canada at Plattsburgh State University. Professor Kissner was unflagging in her support of Canadian studies education at the undergraduate level and had always hoped that such an award would be established.
The award will recognize an undergraduate essay that presents a scholarly exploration of any Canadian studies theme.
The competition is open to all undergraduates in the United States who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and enrolled in a course in Canadian studies during the two years preceding the biennial ACSUS Conference.
The author of the winning essay will receive free registration for the next ACSUS biennial conference, complimentary membership in ACSUS for two years, and a certificate of recognition.
Instructors are asked to select and submit one essay on any Canadian topic from one student enrolled in each of their Canadian Studies courses. A paper between 5-15 typed pages (double-spaced) in length is preferred.
Please send the nominated essays by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 1, 2017.
Essays will be judged in terms of their originality and effective presentation. The student will be notified promptly of the award and presented with a certificate of citation.
No award made.
The 2013 winner of the Jeanne Kissner Award was Olivia George from Georgetown University. Her essay, " La Traduction transformatrice : La Traduction féministe dans Le livre d’Emma et La Memoria" was written in the context of Professor Miléna Santoro's seminar on "Modern French Canadian Literature: Women's Wor(l)ds in the Quebec Novel." The paper, written entirely in French, would have made Professor Kissner particularly proud, as she was an ardent supporter of the study of Quebec literature in French. Olivia George graduated magna cum lauda from Georgetown in 2013 is currently pursuing a Law Degree at NYU.
The Jeanne Kissner award was presented at the 40th Anniversary Gala/Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 17, 7:00pm—9:00pm at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.