This award is given in memory of Ronald S. Love, an energetic and distinguished scholar, teacher, and leader of the Western Society for French History. A proud Canadian, his major research fields were early modern France and the French colonial project in Southeast Asia, but his publications reflect interests that ranged from the European Age of Discovery to the history of Canada's telecommunications industry.

The Ronald S. Love Prize, made possible by a generous bequest from Melissa Stock, commemorates Ron's dedication to nurturing the talent and development of new scholars, as well as his many contributions—both personal and professional—to the WSFH.

This Prize celebrates the best paper presented by a graduate student at the annual conference on the history of France and/or connections between France and the wider world in the period before 1800.

Any graduate student who presents a paper that meets these criteria at the 2009 meeting of the WSFH in Boulder is eligible to enter this year's competition. To be considered, papers must be submitted in electronic format (as email attachments in Microsoft Word) by 15 December 2009. Submissions should be no longer than fourteen, double-spaced pages, including all appropriate citations and bibliographical information. The award winner will be announced at the next annual business meeting.

Please send submissions to:

Diane Margolf, Vice President

Western Society for French History