…but as a grad student, this amuses me.

From a CFP for an upcoming conference:

In addition to welcoming contributions from faulty and independent
scholars, for the past five years the [blah blah conference] has awarded prizes to the top papers given at
the meeting by graduate and undergraduate conferees. (emphasis mine)

Tee hee. Nothin’ like those faulty scholars, so long as they’re independent. Indie cred is all the rage, you know.