The James T. Koetting Prize is the Northeast Chapter's award for the outstanding graduate student paper presented at the annual chapter meeting. Jim Koetting (1939-1984) was a respected ethnomusicologist whose main area of research was African music. He was an Associate Professor at Brown University. This award honors his memory as a distinguished teacher, scholar, musician, and colleague.
The Lise Waxer NECSEM Prize is an award for the outstanding undergraduate student paper presented at the annual chapter meeting. Lise Waxer was a Canadian-born ethnomusicologist. She conducted extensive research on salsa music and its Cuban roots and completed doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Waxer edited Situating Salsa: Global Markets and Local Meaning in Latin Popular Music, a collection of essays on salsa in global perspective.This award honors her memory as a distinguished teacher, scholar, musician, and colleague.