The Janet Bell Pacific Research
2009 Contest Announcement:
|November 16, 2009: The Pacific collection regrets to announce that this year's Janet Bell Pacific Research Prize contest has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we hope to reinstate the contest in 2010.|
About the Prize
Administered through the cooperation of the University of Hawai'i Foundation and the University of Hawai'i Library, the annual Janet Bell Pacific Research Prize recognizes the best graduate and undergraduate papers based on research in the Pacific Islands area (Hawai'i, Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia, including Aotearoa/New Zealand). The winning graduate and undergraduate scholars are each awarded $100, and their papers are added to the holdings of either the Hawaiian or Pacific Collection, depending on their region of focus.
The award was established in
1963, when it was then known as the Library Prize for Pacific (Islands
Area) Research. In 1988, the prize was renamed in honor of Janet Bell,
who in 1935 became the first full-time librarian for the university's
Hawaiian Collection and would continue to serve in that capacity until
her retirement in December 1970. Prior to the Pacific Collection's
establishment as a separate entity in 1968, Ms. Bell also served as
librarian and curator of Pacific materials, laying the groundwork for
what has become the world's pre-eminent collection on the cultural
regions of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. It was Ms. Bell who
initially established the Research Prize, and who oversaw its judging
until the time of her retirement. Past winners have included many
students who went on to become well-known Hawai'i and Pacific scholars,
including Esther T. Mookini (graduate award, 1967); Larry Lindsay
Kimura (undergraduate award, 1969); Terence Wesley-Smith (graduate
award, 1982); Richard Hamasaki (graduate award, 1986); and David A.
Chappell (graduate award, 1988 and 1989).
The Prize is currently overseen by the Pacific Collection curator and, while it is offered annually, is only awarded to graduate and undergraduate papers that are deemed worthy of the honor. The judges also reserve the right to award more than one prize in each division, in which case the prize money will be divided at the administrators' discretion. The research prize contest is usually held at the end of Spring or Fall semester. Publicity announcements are made in UH-Manoa's Ka Leo O Hawai'i campus newspaper, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies newsletter, and through faculty contacts.
Lynette Furuhashi and Stuart Dawrs
University of Hawai'i at Manoa