An Award that Promotes Excellence in Museum Studies
The Roland-Arpin Award recognizes the quality and excellence of graduating students in Museum Studies. The award was named after Roland Arpin, acclaimed museologist.
Since 2001, this award has been offered to the best essay or thesis written by a student enrolled in a Museology program in Québec. The 4,000$ award is granted in partnership with Université Laval, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Université de Montréal and Société des musées du Québec.
The Roland-Arpin Award is administered by the Research Division and coordinated by the Secretary of the Roland-Arpin Award, Ms. Aude Porcedda, to whom requests should be sent.
Partners for the Roland-Arpin Award are:
- Musées de la civilisation
- La Société des musées du Québec
- Graduate Program in Museology, Université Laval
- The joint Graduate Program in Museology, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and Université du Québec en Outaouais
Each partner university selects and proposes two candidates based on student work submitted during the academic year preceding the application deadline. Each candidacy may only be submitted once.
All applications must include:
- A copy of the essay or thesis
- A short summary (10 lines)
- The intership report (if required)
- A copy of the academic transcript
- A short curriculum vitae
- A letter of recommendation from the thesis supervisor
Applications must be sent to Musées de la civilisation no later than June 5th of each year, care of the Secretary of the Roland-Arpin Award.
Candidates must have completed all requisites of their Museology program (ABD, accepted) and be fully registered within the faculty at the time of application. The essay or thesis must have been chosen and recommended by the university's museology program.
The evaluation committee for the Roland-Arpin Award consists of the following five members:
- A representative of the Board of Directors of the Société des musées du Québec
- A representative from the network of Québec museums
- Two representatives from Musées de la civilisation, including the Secretary of the Roland-Arpin Awards
- A university representative (outside museology programs)
The work submitted to the committee is evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
- The quality of its writing (style, structure and communication skills).
- The topic must be relevant to the museum field and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in museology.
- The perspective proposed must clearly demonstrate the candidate's ability to bridge theory and practice.
- The text must clearly identify the mandate or the problem to resolve and suggest solutions, treatments or strategies.
The Roland-Arpin Award will be presented by the Executive Director of Musées de la civilisation at the annual meeting of the Société des musées du Québec.
The Value of the Roland-Arpin Award
The award is accompanied by a stipend of $4,000.
Inquiries about the prize should be addressed to the Secretary of the Roland-Arpin Prize, Ms Aude Porcedda, at the following address:
Musées de la civilisation
PO Box 155, stn. B
Québec City (Québec) G1K 7A6
2014 – Gabrielle Larocque de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
"Musée et objet vivant : réflexion sur la conservation et la mise en valeur du patrimoine dansant"
Photographer : Marion Desjardins, SMQ
Roland-Arpin Award ceremony during the Société des musées du Québec (SMQ) Annual conference. Left to right : Michel Côté, outgoing General Director of Musées de la civilisation, Gabrielle Larocque, winner of the Award, Marie Fraser, professor at Département d'histoire de l'art, UQAM, and René Binette, outgoing President of SMQ.