Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response

Ending Sexual Violence: Student Research Forum Call for Submissions

Call for submissions | Student | December 18

Note: Call for submissions is now closed.


Here at MacEwan, we are committed to ending sexual violence on campus. Research is a key tool in our efforts to do so. Our Student Research Forum and Award recognizes outstanding student research and creative work being done on this issue.

We invite students from across our campus to submit a paper, project, or creative work they have written in a course that they were enrolled in during the 2019 calendar year relating to the topic of sexual violence.

We understand sexual violence to be a broad category of violence in line with our MacEwan policy which defines sexual violence as “Any sexualized act or act targeting a person’s sexuality that is committed, threatened, or attempted against a person without that person’s Consent. Sexual Violence varies in severity, can be physical or psychological in nature, and may include but is not limited to all forms of sexual contact, sexual humiliation, sexual exploitation, degrading sexual imagery, sending unwanted sexualized text messages, cyber harassment, indecent or sexualized exposure via electronic or social media or otherwise, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Discrimination, Stalking, and Sexual Assault.”



We encourage students from all disciplines to submit papers and creative works that examine any aspect of this issue, including but not limited to:

  • Cultural representations of violence

  • Rape culture

  • Medical system responses to sexual violence

  • Criminal justice responses to sexual violence

  • Anti-violence activism

  • Violence in the workplace or in the family

  • LGBTQ experiences of violence

  • Sexual violence and racism

  • Sexual violence and settler colonialism

  • Sexual violence in literature

  • Historical understandings of sexual violence

  • Prevention of sexual violence



The student submitting the paper or creative work must:

  • Be a student who is currently enrolled or recently enrolled at MacEwan University.

  • Have completed the paper or creative work as a component of course work during a semester in 2019 (i.e., Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall).

  • Be the sole author of the paper or creative work. Only one submission per student is allowed.

  • Submit a Faculty Endorsement form completed by the professor who taught the course.

  • Be available to present the paper or creative work on January 24, 2020.

The paper must:

  • Be between 5–25 pages long and include a title page and an abstract of not more than 200 words.

  • Be double-spaced; include a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman); have standard margins (1”) / indents (of 5 spaces); and use consistent referencing throughout.


Creative work submissions

Creative Work Submissions We welcome the submission of creative works, including creative writing, poetry, visual art, musical composition, and performance. Those submitting creative works must:

  • Include a written description of the work and an artist statement (300 words maximum).

  • If applicable, include information about space and/or technical requirements for exhibition of the creative work. 

  • If applicable, include images, recordings, or other documentation of the work.


Research Forum and Award Presentation

Individuals whose submissions are successful will be asked to deliver either an 8–10 minute presentation of their paper or a 8–10 minute artist talk and/or performance at our Research Forum on Friday, January 24, 2020. This Forum will be open to the public. We hope to attract a wide range of attendees to hear and learn from the research presentations.

Of the papers and creative works selected for the Forum, one will be chosen as the winner of the Ending Sexual Violence Student Research Award valued at $1,000. The winner will be announced at the Research Forum.



Please send your submission and the completed Faculty Endorsement Form to by Wednesday, December 18, 2019. In the body of the email, please include your name and both your program and year of study.

If you have questions about the award, award eligibility or the Research forum, please email

Call for Submissions and Faculty Endorsement Form