The Kontak Prize in Political Science

An Essay Competition for Political Science Students

Prize Value: $1000
See the winners

The Kontak Prize is an award of distinction for the best Political Science essay [at a 300 or 400 level] by a senior (graduating) student. It is awarded annually and commemorates the distinguished academic career of Professor Walter Kontak who for many years served as Head of the Department of Political Science.

Papers may be nominated by any Professor or by a student who is enrolled in the Major, Advanced Major or Honours programme in Political Science. Papers should be of a First Class ("A") Standard.

A clean copy (i.e. original printing) of the paper should be submitted. In length, papers should fall in the 10-15, double-spaced page range.

The papers will be judged by a panel of two Faculty members, to be nominated by the Chairs of the Department.
 

Submit Papers to:

Chair, Department of Political Science

St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES

Previous winners:

2022
Alexandra Keelan Daly
2021
Anastasia (Annie) Lawless MacKinnon
2020
MacKenzie Thomas
2019
David Barry
2018
Jack Bowness
2017
Lyndsay Scovil
2016
Alex Miller
2015
Harlan Steele
2014
Alex Warshick
2013
Mary Anne MacDonald
2012
Thomas Orr
2011
Stephen MacDonald
2010
James Bridger
2009
Pat Connors
2008
Jon Adams
2007
Erica Traversy
2006
David MacDonald
2005
Christoher Kucera
2004
Ian Yap
2003
Clark Banack
2002
Mary Fisher
2001
Diana Doyle
2000
Adam Slade
1999
Nathan Gorham
1998
Christopher Lucan
1997
Christopher Quigley
1996
Kellie Frances Walsh
1995
Catherine Elizabeth Anne MacNeil

Some previous winners (in picture)...

Mr. Harlan Steele


Mr. Harlan Steele is the 2015 winner of the Walter Kontak Prize in Political Science. Pictured with Mr. Steele (centre) are Dr. Doug Brown, Chair (right) and Dr. Yvon Grenier.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Cameron Alexander

 

Mr. Cameron Alexander Warshick 2014.. Mr. Warshick won for his Canadian Foreign Policy paper "The Power of Image." Pictured with his mother Cathy and Dr. Doug Brown, Chair.

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Mary Anne Gillies MacDonald, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Thomas John Orr, 2012.

Mr. Steven MacDonald, 2011

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Mr. James Bridger, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Connors

 

Pat Connors (centre) was the winner of the 2008 Kontak Prize in Political Science for his paper "Finding a Compromise: The History and Politics of Multilateral Agreements on Investment Negotiations." Pictured with Pat are Drs. Jim Bickerton (left) and Peter Clancy (right).

 

 

 

 

Mr. David MacDonald

 

The 2006 winner of the Kontak Prize in Political Science was Mr. David MacDonald (left) for his paper "Citizenship and the Political Participation of the Underrepresented: Strengthening our Representative Institutions through Electoral Reform." Presenting Mr. MacDonald his prize is department chair, Dr. Yvon Grenier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner of the 2005 Kontak Prize in Political Science is Mr. Christopher Kucera (left) for his paper "Aboriginal Electoral Participation: The Absent Voice". Pictured with Christopher is Dr. James Bickerton (right).

Mr. Christopher Kucera

Mr. Ian Yap

 

Winner of the 2004 Kontak Prize in Political Science is Mr. Ian Yap, B.A., pictured with another 2004 graduate and winner of the Dr. Marguerite Michaud Prize in Canadian Studies, Ms. Kelsey Sitar. Mr. Yap won the Kontak Prize for his paper " Aboriginal Rights and Forest Policy-Making in New Brunswick: The 'Punishing Recoil of Business'".

 

Mr. Clark Banack

 

Out-going Departmental Chair, Dr. James Bickerton (right), presents Mr. Clark Banack with the 2003 Kontak Prize in Political Science, after graduation in May 2003.

Mr. Banack won the 2003 Kontak Prize for his paper "Social Credit, Reform-Alliance and the End of Politics: The Contradictions of Right-Wing Populism in Canada."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Mary Alexis Fisher

 

Ms. Mary Alexis Fisher (centre), is seen here after the graduation ceremony with the 2002 Kontak Prize in Political Science. Beside Mary is her thesis advisor, Dr. Peter Clancy (left) and department chair, Dr. James Bickerton (right).

Ms. Fisher won the 2002 Kontak Prize for her paper "Abortion and the Law in Canada: The Morgentaler and Borowski Saga."

 

 

 

Ms. Diana Doyle

 

Ms. Diana Doyle is seen here with the 2001 Kontak Prize in Public Policy. She was presented the award at the graduation ceremony by the Department of Political Science chair, Dr. James Bickerton (right) and her thesis supervisior, Dr. Rod Haddow (left).

Ms. Doyle won the 2001 Kontak Prize for her paper "An Exploration of a Trade Adjustment Mechanism in Canada."