Molin Award

The S. Eric Molin Prize for Best Conference Paper by a Student ​​

Dear EC/ASECS 2020 Presenter,

Our regular full conference has been postponed until fall 2021. Yet, we will meet virtually for a two-day, abbreviated virtual meeting, “A Brief Intermission.”

If you are a graduate or advanced undergraduate student presenting a paper at the meeting, please consider applying for the Society’s Sven Eric Molin Prize for the best paper presented by a student. EC/ASECS established the Molin Prize at our meeting in October 1989 in order to encourage the participation of graduate students in our society. 

We named the award after Eric Molin, one of our most beloved members, because his dedication to teaching and to EC/ASECS inspired so many of us. During his career, Eric taught at Ohio University, Randolph-Macon College and, finally, at George Mason University from 1973 until his death on November 4, 1987. 

In memory of Eric, many EC/ASECS members contributed generously to the Molin (pronounced mo-LEEN) endowment. Faculty members who supervise students should encourage them to apply. The first prize award is $150.00, and, at the discretion of the committee, a second prize award for $100.00 may be given. The winner will also be recognized in the Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (glory will ensue!). 

If you want to enter your paper, please read the guidelines below, then send an abstract of your paper to ALL THREE currently serving committee members, to arrive no later than September 10, 2020: 

Committee Chair:
Anthony W.  Lee:”

Standing Members:

Elizabeth Lambert:”

Jane Wessel:

Direct any questions to the committee chair at the address above. 

Guidelines for the Molin Prize Contest at the 2020 EC/ASECS
“A Brief Intermission”

1. Papers or abstracts (of roughly 500 words) may be submitted to the committee by the end of August.

2. The top papers selected by the committee will be virtually presented on Saturday, October 24th from 10 am to 11:30 am, as part of the “A Brief Intermission” series of events. The papers must be restricted to 15 minutes or less, to allow time for Q&A.

3. Presenters wishing to use PowerPoint slides as part of their live presentation are welcome to do so but should plan to show them using the Share Screen function of Zoom from their home base.

4. The final drafts of those chosen to present will be submitted to the committee, with Works Cited or Bibliography, by December 15, 2020, for consideration for the Prize.

5. Membership in EC/ASECS: You must be a current dues-paying member of EC/ASECS by 9/30/20. To join, please see the Membership link on the EC/ASECS web page at