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Malm Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Writing

Photographed are (left to right): Professor Christopher Hill and the 2017 Malm Award recipients, Tsukumo Niwa, Oona Nicholas, Lia Salmansohn, and Jing Chen.

William P. Malm Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Writing in Japanese Studies

Funded by a grant from the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the William P. Malm Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Writing in Japanese Studies honors Professor Emeritus William P. Malm, a long-time faculty member of the Center for Japanese Studies, the leading ethnomusicologist of Japan and one of the founders of the field of ethnomusicology in the United States.

Founded in 2010, the Malm Award seeks to encourage and recognize exceptional writing on Japan. Two awards, of $500 each, will be awarded annually, one for an outstanding paper by an undergraduate, and the other for an outstanding paper by a graduate student. Students are nominated for this award by a CJS faculty Member or Associate; the CJS Admissions and Fellowships Committee selects award recipients from the nominations.

Students may not nominate themselves, nor may they apply for this award. A CJS Faculty Member or Faculty Associate must nominate the student's work.

To be eligible, papers must be written for an academic requirement at the University of Michigan by a student enrolled in a U-M degree program, and must be no more than 50 pages, double-space, in length. Academic requirement is broadly defined to include course assignments, honors essay, master's theses, and PhD qualification papers. Exam essays (in class or take home), and papers prepared for publication or conference or workshop presentation are not eligible.

To nominate, CJS Members and Associates must submit a Malm Award Nomination Form along with a copy of the nominated work (electronic copy preferred) to the CJS Academic Services Coordinator. Deadline for nominations is March 31 annually. Award announcement is usually made in mid-April.

Past Malm Award Winners