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2016 Jack Boan Student Essay Competition

Deadline: March 31, 2016  11:59:00 pm

The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation

The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation invites students to submit essays to the

2016 Jack Boan Student Essay Competition

  •  Essays should be up to 3,000 words long (excluding references and appendices) and address any topic in health services or health policy.
  • The Hall Foundation will award three prizes annually for the best submissions:
    • Best doctoral submission $1500
    • Best masters submission: $1250
    • Best undergraduate submission: $1000
  • Winning essays will be selected by a panel appointed by the President of the Hall Foundation.
  •  Authors, titles and abstracts of the winning essays will be posted on the Hall Foundation website: http://www.hallfoundation.ca/.
  •  Please submit your essay as a PDF file or word document to Susan Law at susan.law@mcgill.ca by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Please review the instructions on the attached pages and include the following:
    • Name, and contact information (email, phone, address)
    • University
    • Student status: Undergraduate, master or doctorate
    • Department and program of enrolment
    • Program coordinator and contact information
    • 3,000 word essay
  • Winners will be notified by email prior to the annual CAHSPR conference and prizes awarded during the conference: https://www.cahspr.ca/en/conferences/current/2016.
  •  Essays may be submitted in English or in French and may be based on course or thesis work. For more information, please contact Susan Law at susan.law@mcgill.ca.

The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation Student Essay Competition – Terms of Reference

Purpose and overview:
In 2008, the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation launched its annual student essay competition. The intent is to foster Canadian health economics and health policy research among undergraduate and graduate students. The competition is publicized in French and English through undergraduate and graduate programs in economics, health policy, health administration, community and public health and applied health research programs across Canada, CAHSPR, and other local applied health research networks. Over 300 essays have been submitted since the launch of this competition. Essays are reviewed and scored independently by two members of the panel of judges to avoid potential conflicts of interest – so that double blind protocols are maintained as much as possible.
 

Eligibility:

  • Students registered at a Canadian University in undergraduate or graduate (masters or PhD) studies related to any of the following fields:
    • health services research
    • health policy
    • health administration
    • health economics
    • health informatics
    • public health
    • epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Students with a Canadian citizenship registered at a university outside the country are also eligible to participate.
  • Essay submissions are limited to one per student.
  •  If an essay submission has more than one co-author, all co-authors must be students.
  • Open to both full-time and part-time students
  • Essays must arise from course work in the previous 18 months, and must not have been previously published.

Themes:
Essays must address at least one of the five criteria for a national health service advocated by Justice Emmett Hall in the 1964 Royal Commission on Health Services Report that later formed the principles for the Canada Health Act:
1) Public administration
2) Comprehensiveness
3) Universality
4) Portability
5) Accessibility.
Essays must include one paragraph (approximately 200 words) explaining the relevance of the issue being examined to the above principle(s).

Format:
 A removable cover sheet must contain the essay title along with the student’s contact information (name, email, phone, and address), university, department and program of enrolment and program coordinator and contact information.
 A second cover sheet must include only the essay title and an abstract or executive summary (250 words max) of the paper that includes a statement about relevance to the Canada Health Act principles.
 The student’s name must NOT appear anywhere on the essay.
 The essay must NOT exceed 3,000 words in length and may be submitted in English or French.
 For referencing source material, the American Psychological Association style is acceptable.

Evaluation:
Each essay will be judged on the five criteria below:
1) Quality of analyses: arguments must be convincing, substantiated, and understandable
2) Thoroughness of research: types and varieties of source material
3) Originality: author demonstrated new and innovative approaches and essay will add to Canadian health services or health policy research
4) Relevance to the Canadian health care system: relevance to at least one of the competition’s themes
5) Quality of writing: style, clarity and organization.
 

Deadline:

  • Essays must be submitted as a PDF file or word document to Susan Law at susan.law@mcgill.ca by the posted deadline. Winners will be notified prior to the CAHSPR conference of the current year.
  • The winning essays will be selected by a panel appointed by the President of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation.

Prizes:

  • The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation will award three prizes for the best submission:
    • Best doctoral submission $1,500
    • Best masters submission $1,250
    • Best undergraduate submission $1,000
  • Prizes will be awarded at the Annual Canadian Association for Health Services Policy and Research conference.
  • Students unable to attend the conference will receive their award by postal mail.

Publication:
The title, author(s), and abstract of the winning essays will be posted on the Hall Foundation website (http://www.hallfoundation.ca).

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