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Ronald G. Knapp Award

Purpose of the Award

The Ronald G. Knapp Award for Distinguished Service to Asian Studies in New York State is conferred by the Executive Board of the New York Conference on Asian Studies. Nominees for the award must have achieved a reputation for excellent teaching and research about Asia and for outstanding service in support of Asian Studies teaching and research in the state of New York. Consideration will be given for a sustained level of commitment for a minimum of five (5) years.

Dr. Knapp is an emeritus SUNY Distinguished Professor at The State University of New York College at New Paltz. As Executive Secretary of NYCAS from 1999 to 2013, he helped build NYCAS into one of the strongest of the regional associations affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies. Read a bio of Ronald G. Knapp.

Nature of the Award

The Ronald G. Knapp Award for Distinguished Service to Asian Studies in New York State will consist of a plaque and other recognition deemed appropriate by the NYCAS Executive Board. If the Executive Board votes to make an award, the award shall be presented by the NYCAS President during the annual NYCAS meeting. Unless the Executive Board votes to make an exception, the award recipient must be present at the annual meeting to receive the award.

Eligibility

A candidate for the Ronald G. Knapp Award for Distinguished Service to Asian Studies in New York State must have made significant contributions to Asian Studies in New York State for a minimum of five (5) years. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, such activities as the development of teaching materials, museum exhibitions, or research guides to help New York teachers and researchers interested in Asia; projects to better incorporate Asian Studies into school and university curricula; and service to organizations devoted to strengthening knowledge of Asia in the state of New York.

Click here to see a list of past recipients and for the nomination and selection process.