BSW & MSW STUDENT CONTESTS

The Bruce S. Jansson MSW Award

The Katharine V. Byers BSW Award

Deadline: April 16, 2021

Who is eligible? Full- or part-time BSW and MSW students are eligible to apply, along with their faculty mentors in accredited or in-candidacy social work educational programs in the United States of America. This is a chance to be recognized for your efforts to influence or advocate for a local, state, or national social policy or a piece of state or federal legislation. We especially encourage authors who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and projects that have an antiracist emphasis.

Awards: There will be one BSW winner and one MSW winner (as individuals or collaborative groups). Winners will receive commemorative prizes. The faculty member(s) that mentor each winning student or students will also be recognized. Faculty are encouraged to promote the 2021 ISP contest among their students. Why? It’s the only way a faculty member can win. In order to win the faculty award at the BSW or MSW level, (1) a faculty member’s student must win first place; and (2) the faculty members must be listed on the electronic entry form. Faculty may assist the student(s) without restriction.

What to submit: Describe in a two (2) page, 12pt. font, double-spaced Word document a project in which you endeavored to influence or advocate for a local, state, or national social policy or a piece of state or federal legislation. State (1) the purpose of the project; (2) the outcomes of your efforts; (3) the estimated number of persons affected by your project and (4) what you learned about policy-making. Examples of such a project might include but is not be limited to: organizing clients presenting testimony at public hearings; lobbying state agencies as a member of a coalition; conducting a survey of legislators’ viewpoints on an issue; getting a bill introduced by a legislator; planning a rally day; giving testimony before a subcommittee; or designing and carrying out a research study on policy, etc. Ask a faculty member or ISP board member for help or clarification about your idea for a project. Check past contest winners.

Where to submit entry? Please submit all BSW and MSW entries electronically through the BSW and MSW contest link (under revision and will be available soon).

Deadline: All entries must be submitted no later than midnight, Friday, April 16, 2021. No entries received after this date will be reviewed.

Judges: A committee of social work faculty selected by ISP will review all entries and determine the winners. Their decisions will be final.