Purpose: The Marnie Dilling Memorial Prize was
established in 1998 as an award for the outstanding student paper
presented at the Northern California Chapter of the SEM annual meeting.
Marnie Dilling (d.1997) was a beloved colleague in the Ph.D. program at
the University of California, Berkeley. During Marnie's years at
Berkeley she served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Northern California
SEM Chapter, generated enthusiasm among fellow graduate students for the
Chapter, and enriched meetings tremendously through outreach to the
community. After receiving her PhD at Berkeley she was the first
professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California, San Diego.
She was a pioneering researcher on Korean music among American scholars
and was a strong advocate for inclusion of Gospel Choir in the
university curriculum. This prize was created to honor her memory.
Eligibility: All student papers presented at the conference are automatically considered for the Marnie Dilling Prize.
Prize: A small cash award (usually $50).
The award is presented during the business meeting of the conference. A
student may not receive the award more than once. The students who
presented papers leave the room while the membership (including
students) conduct a secret ballot. Votes are tallied by the President,
the Vice President, or the Secretary-Treasurer.
No application is necessary. All student papers presented at a NCCSEM
conference are automatically considered for that year's prize.