From its very beginning MESEA has encouraged new scholars to contribute fresh ideas to the field of multi-ethnic studies. The founders of the association and its board think that the presence of young scholars and their scholarship is very important to MESEA’s biennial conferences.

To further this objective, MESEA has established the Young Scholar Excellence Award (YSEA). The participants are expected to send their presentation manuscripts to the site before the conference. Recent PhD holders and current graduate students are eligible for the competition. Award winning papers are included in the peer reviewed process for the volume (s) that is/are published after the conference.