Reward those who challenge the status quo—submit to the Ted and Nora Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy

March 16, 2017

By Ian Bryce

An evolutionary biologist whose diametric theory on mental illness revolutionizes psychology, an English professor and molecular biologist’s work on sustainable energy and materials policy surrounding pipelines, an Indigenous artist alumna who advocates for women. These are former recipients of the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, an annual award that recognizes Simon Fraser University students, staff, faculty, or community members whose work presents daring, creative new ways of looking at the world.

Now, the Sterling Prize committee seeks submissions for this year’s award.

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 winner, selected by the Sterling Prize committee, receives $5,000 and makes a public presentation at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue.

The submission deadline for this year’s award is Mar. 31.

The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy was established at SFU in 1993 to honour and encourage work that provokes and contributes to the understanding of controversy.

To submit and application to the Sterling Prize committee or for more information about the prize, visit the Sterling Prize website.