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Regional Coordinator:

Eric Cunningham
226 East 23rd Avenue
Spokane, WA 99203
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Region's Website

This is just a gentle reminder that registration for the Pacific Northwest Regional meeting is rapidly approaching!

May 3–5, 2013
Seattle University
Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. 7,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges. In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2013, Seattle University continues to rank in the top ten among universities that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees in the West.


Housing and registration information can be found in the Spring 2013 newsletter, located here.

Sections at the Regional Annual Meeting

  • American Schools of Oriental Research: Archaeology and Languages of the Ancient Near East
  • Arts and Religion
  • Asian and Comparative Studies
  • Hebrew Bible
  • History of Christianity and North American Religions
  • New Testament and Hellenistic Religions
  • Philosophy of Religion and Theology
  • Religion and Society
  • Special Topic: Mormon Studies
  • Study of Islam
  • Women and Religion

2013 Student Paper Competition

Awards for Outstanding Student Papers in the Fields of Biblical Studies and Religious Studies

Click here for submission instructions.

We will issue the following:

  • (2) $100 awards for winning graduate papers
  • (2) $100 awards (1st Place) for winning undergraduate papers
  • (2) $50 awards (2nd place) for winning undergraduate papers

Submissions must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • No more than 5,000 words (including footnotes) for undergraduate papers
  • No more than 7,000 words (including footnotes) for graduate papers
  • Papers should be in 12-point font and double-spaced
  • Format papers according to either JAAR or JBL guidelines
  • Papers must be free of clerical or grammatical errors

Submissions should include the following:

  • One paper copy
  • One electronic version in standard word processing format, without author information (Submit author information in a separate file)
  • A brief letter of support from a Pacific Northwest Region AAR, SBL, or ASOR faculty member
  • Name, home mailing address, social security number/social insurance number, educational institution, and graduate or undergraduate status

Submit entries by March 15, 2013, to:

Dr. Robert Hauck
Religious Studies Department, AD 57
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258-0057
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Awards will be announced at the regional meeting. Students need not be present to win.

SBL Regional Scholars Program

SBL members presenting a paper at the meeting may wish to be considered for the Regional Scholars Program. To qualify as a candidate for this award, the applicant must be either ABD or no more than four years past receipt of the PhD. Applicants should inform Ardy Bass, the SBL Regional Coordinator, at least two weeks prior to the meeting that he or she intends to apply for the award. The applicant must present a paper at the SBL regional meeting and then submit the paper and a complete CV (both in electronic and hard copy) to the Regional Coordinator after the meeting. If selected as a winner by the National Society's Regional Scholar Award Selection Committee, the winner receives $1,000 in support of attendance at the Annual SBL Meeting and will be honored at the Regional Scholars Dinner at the Annual Meeting. The winner is also strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to the Annual Meeting in the year following his or her selection. For more information, contact Ardy Bass at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Future Meetings

In 2014, we will meet somewhere in Calgary, Canada.

Please note that the system for electronic submission of paper proposals is now closed.

This website contains archived issues of Religious Studies News published online from March 2010 to May 2013, and PDF versions of print editions published from Winter 2001 to October 2009.

This site also contains archived issues of Spotlight on Teaching (May 1999 to May 2013) and Spotlight on Theological Education (March 2007 to March 2013).

For current issues of RSN, beginning with the October 2013 issue, please see here.