Friday, 10 May 2013

Shortlisted for the POWS Undergraduate Prize 2013

A few months ago I submitted an abstract to the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section (POWS), for consideration for their Undergraduate Prize 2013. Psychology is an interest, not my principal field, but the literature I focus on tends to have psychiatric/psychological themes. The abstract I submitted was a (slight) reworking of the abstract from my first conference paper (given in 2011); "Staying here will be good for you": Amalie Skram and the [un]willing female psychiatric patient.

My submission was really a bit of a whim after I heard about the award via an email newsletter; I can't even remember which one! Imagine then, my surprise, when I received an email on the 11th of April to inform me that my abstract had been shortlisted. I was absolutely delighted, and even more so with the comments passed on to me from the reviewers:

I think that this could make an extremely interesting paper, but the author would have to be clear about the original findings and contributions to theory or practice in their paper. There is scope to further show how application of the interpretation of the books will be developed and if this is carried out well could be a very interesting extension of knowledge. I expect this will be a piece of value and interest.

Naturally, the shortlisting has filled me with inspiration and enthusiasm. I have been toiling over the paper ever since and hope, as the reviewers suggested, to present them with a paper which incorporates original findings and theoretical knowledge, along with interpretations of the literature. I am thrilled to have been shortlisted and, as Psychology is not my specific subject per se, I do not expect that my paper will move beyond this stage, though it goes without saying that if it were to progress I would be extremely pleased. 

The submission deadline (for a 3,000 word paper) is the 16th of May. The prize for the winning paper is awarded at the POWS Annual Conference, and comprises of £200, the opportunity to present the paper at the conference, fees and travel for the conference, and publication in the POWS Review.


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