Martin Lubin Award

The Martin Lubin Undergraduate Award in the Social Sciences was created in honor of the late Martin Lubin, Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, who passed away in September 2011. Originally from Montreal, he had played a key role in the Canadian Studies program at SUNY Plattsburgh for many years. His main research focus was on Quebec politics and society.

In 1999, he was awarded the Prix du Quebec from the Government of Quebec in recognition of his "outstanding contributions to Quebec Studies in the United States."

For this award, we are seeking nominees at the undergraduate level whose work (research or creative) excels in any aspect of Canada within the social sciences. 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.

Letters of nomination for this award should be forwarded electronically to no later than September 1, 2025.

Past Award Winners:


The 2023 recipient was Haikun Liu, University of California, Berkeley, for their essay "Altruism of Aid: Analysis of Canadian Official Development Assistance (ODA)." For this essay, Haikun has also been awarded the UC-Berkeley Canadian Studies’ Rita Ross Prize for best undergraduate paper or project on a Canadian topic.


Due to complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Martin Lubin Undergraduate Award in the Social Sciences was not given.


The first recipient was Nicholas Van Tulder, University of Washington, for his research paper "Le Quebec Total: Creating a Unifying Vision for Northern Development (Un Plan Pour Tous)".