BSW & MSW STUDENT CONTESTS
Bruce S. Jansson MSW Award – $500
Katharine V. Byers BSW Award – $500
ISP Contest winners have traditionally been announced at the annual Policy Conference 2.0. Based on the Board of Directors’ strategic planning and re-envisioning of ISP’s mission and vision, Policy Conference 2.0 will not take place as usual in 2019. But it will be back in 2020, bigger and better than ever! Please continue to check back on the website for an announcement of the next deadline to submit contest entries.
Who is eligible? Full-time or part-time BSW and MSW social work students, and full-time and adjunct faculty in accredited or in-candidacy social work education programs in the United States.
Awards: A total of 2 awards will be made to students (as individuals or collaborative groups): one at the BSW level and one at the MSW level. Cash awards will be given to each of the two winners. Group winners will share the award.
What to submit: Describe in a two-page, 12pt. font, double-spaced Word document a project in which you advocated for or attempted to influence a local, state, or national social policy or a piece of state or federal legislation. Include (1) the purpose of the project; (2) the expected outcomes of your efforts; (3) the estimated number of persons who could be affected by your project; and (4) what you learned about policy-making. Examples of such a project might include, but are not limited to: organizing clients to present testimony at public hearings; lobbying state agencies as a member of 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; designing and carrying out a research study on policy, etc. Ask a faculty member for help or clarification about your idea for a project. Check out past winning submissions.
Awards: Two cash awards will be made to faculty who mentor the winning student projects: one at the BSW level ($250) and one at the MSW level ($250). To be eligible, the faculty member’s name must be listed on the electronic entry form. Faculty may assist the student(s) without restriction.