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Paper and poster awards
The awardees:
  • Best student submission (to be published in Pragmatics): Isabella Reichl, University iof Kent, Refusals in Early Modern English: New insights, new classification
  • Best student poster (downloadable from this page): Avril Verhelst, University of Leuven, Ingroup/outgroup creation across activity types in interaction with elders: A case study in a Flemish nursing home

Student bursaries and prizes
Students attending the 15th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA 2017 in Belfast) may compete for the following bursaries and prizes. Note that before entering the competition, the candidate
a) must submit an abstract to the conference in the usual way
b) and must have received notification of its acceptance by the Conference Committee (in January 2017).

1. FOUR (4) STUDENT BURSARIES to present at the conference
Form of award: economy travel and accommodation (both arranged by IPrA – i.e. not reimbursed), free registration
Criteria: academic excellence and financial need
Procedure: after acceptance of a submitted abstract (see above), and before 15 February 2017, the candidate sends
• A personal letter motivating her/his application
• Her/his supervisor’s recommendation letter (giving an assessment of both the student’s academic status and her/his inability to find other means for attending the conference)
   to all three members of the appointed committee (with the Subject heading “IPrA Student Bursary Application”).
   Applications received after that date will not be eligible for the bursary.
   Applicants will be informed of the result around 15 March 2017.
The committee members are:
 Rukmini Bhaya Nair (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Rukmini.nair @ gmail.com) 
 Sachiko Ide (Japan Women’s University, Tokyo; side @ lares.dti.ne.jp) 
 Catrin Rhys (University of Ulster at Jordanstown; cs.rhys @ ulster.ac.uk) 

2. BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION to the conference
Form of award: certificate and a modest financial prize (€ 500) handed over during the closing ceremony of the conference; publication (with special mention), after suitable revision on the recommendation of the Editors, in the IPrA journal Pragmatics
Criteria: Only publishable papers are considered (taking into account that for most publishable articles there is usually a need for minor revisions); if none meet that criterion, there is no award; if the choice between top candidates is hard, two prizes may be awarded
Procedure: after acceptance of a submitted abstract (see above), and before 1 June 2017, the candidate sends her/his full-length paper to all three members of the appointed committee (with the Subject heading “IPrA Student Paper Competition”). Submissions received after that date will not be eligible for the award. The submission must be
 single-authored
 in English
 no more than 7,000 words long (including abstract, references, appendices)
 in all other respects, following the editorial guidelines of Pragmatics
The committee members are:
 Charles Antaki (Loughborough University; c.antaki @ lboro.ac.uk)
 Neil Norrick (Saarland University; neal @ norrick.de)
 Dennis Kurzon (University of Haifa; kurzon @ research.haifa.ac.il)

3. BEST STUDENT POSTER at the conference
Form of award: certificate and a modest financial prize (€ 500) handed over during the closing ceremony of the conference; posting (with special mention) on the IPrA website
Criteria:
The quality and originality of the content
The clarity achieved by editing, illustrating, design, and layout
Procedure: all student posters put up during the conference, automatically enter the competition
Responsible selection committee:
 Anthea Irwin (University of Ulster at Jordanstown; a.irwin @ ulster.ac.uk)
 Luisa Martín Rojo (Autonomous University of Madrid; luisa.rojo @ uam.es)
 Jan-Ola Östman (University of Helsinki; jan-ola.ostman @ helsinki.fi)
 Karyn Stapleton (University of Ulster at Jordanstown; k.stapleton @ ulster.ac.uk)