The Midwest Slavic Association (MWSA) is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 MWSA Student Essay Prize. The student essay prize competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and seeks to highlight the scholastic achievements of students in the region. This year, five graduate and four undergraduate submissions were received that covered a variety of topics and disciplines. In the undergraduate category, Josh Gold from the University of Toronto was selected as the winner for his paper "Neo-Eurasianism and Russia's Minorities Question". Anna-Christine Grant from Carnegie Mellon University was selected as the winner in the graduate category for "Social Reform on the Move: Nineteenth-century Penitentiary Agricultural Colonies, from the Loire to the Neva". Both students will receive a one-year membership to the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), and Grant's paper will be entered for consideration in ASEEES' Graduate Student Essay Prize competition.
The MWSA would like to thank and congratulate all the students who submitted an essay this year for their hardwork. Additionally, the competition is made possible through the support of ASEEES.