Call for Submissions: Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition

ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program is holding a competition to encourage student research at the intersection of data science and health equity in sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. Three winners will be selected to receive a $500 prize, have their work highlighted in ISGMH’s marketing materials, and an opportunity to present their work at ISGMH in late 2018. Submissions are due by Friday, August 3, 2018.  Winners will be notified on or before August 23, 2018.

Additional information:

Are works that have already been published in a peer-reviewed journal eligible for submission?

No. Existing peer-reviewed published works are not eligible for this paper competition.

Are papers from conferences or dissertations eligible for submission, or only new works?

Papers from conferences or dissertations, as well as entirely new works, are eligible for submission.

If I write a paper expressly for this competition, do I need to submit a fully referenced and complete work or will a detailed outline with preliminary results suffice?

Submissions of any length are allowed, however, authors of short submissions should be prepared to deliver a full presentation on their work if selected as a competition winner.

If I was a student in the past academic year, but am not in current status as an undergraduate student, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow at the time of submission, am I still eligible for the competition?

Yes. As long as you have been in any of the three categories within the past 90 days, you are eligible to participate in the competition.

Can students or postdoctoral fellows who are not United States citizens participate in the competition?

Yes. Any non-citizen undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral fellow is eligible to participate provided that they can present a valid passport and proof of current visa status that enables them to work at the time of award notification. If the terms of an individual’s visa disallow them from working or completing a W-9 or W-8 form, they will be ineligible to receive the $500 award, if selected.

Please see below for the complete call for submissions which includes information on eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, and judging criteria.


A note on taxes: Prizes and awards are not gifts, honorariums, payments for services, or student financial aid. Prize and award payments are taxable income to United States residents. These prizes do not meet the $600 minimum to trigger an IRS 1099-MISC from Northwestern, but you are liable for reporting additional earnings and prizes in your own tax filing. (The taxability of prize and awards payments to non-residents is subject to treaty regulations and dependent on country of tax residency.)