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The Marnie Dilling Prize (NCCSEM)
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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).

Regularity: Annually.

Administration: 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.

Application Process: No application is necessary. All student papers presented at a NCCSEM conference are automatically considered for that year's prize.

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