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Nominations for the Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy

January 25, 2019
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Communications PhD student Layla Cameron receives 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy. The nominations for the 2019 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy are now open! 

The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy is the result of the vision and generosity of Nora and Ted Sterling. In 1993, the Sterlings established an endowment at Simon Fraser University to honour and encourage work that provokes and/or contributes to the understanding of controversy. The $5,000 annual prize was offered for the first time in 1993.

Why controversy? Some of the most important thinkers in human history brought forth once-controversial ideas in the face of opposition: Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, and Socrates, to name a few. Despite resistance, these thinkers have played a fundamental role in the development of modern society.

"Individuals who question conventional wisdom or search beyond the vision of others have made an inestimable contribution to human progress," said Jack Blaney, SFU's former vice-president Harbour Centre and external relations. "Because freedom to study, create and research is essential to all universities, we are delighted to accept the Sterling endowment. It represents a unique, important and permanent challenge and opportunity in the SFU community.”

The Sterling Prize may be awarded for work in any field, including - but not limited to - the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and education. The selection of the annual prize winner is the responsibility of the Sterling Prize Committee.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019

Nomination forms are available here or from:

Chair, Sterling Prize Committee
Vice-President Academic Office
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Tel: 778.782.3925
Fax: 778.782.5876

For more information, visit the Sterling Prize.

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