2016 Rural Sociological Society
MS, PhD and Early Career Research Award Competition
This year the RSS Council has authorized the use of Endowment funds to support Master’s theses, Ph.D. dissertations, and Early Career Research awards to support research activities conducted during the 2016-2017 fiscal/academic year. Proposals are invited to conduct research on all topics encompassed by the field of rural sociology. The awards are designed to stimulate research that will help develop the careers of future rural sociologists and support the broader mission of the Rural Sociological Society. The RSS Endowment Committee will oversee the awards process.
The RSS Master’s Thesis and Dissertation Research Award Competition
Graduate student members of the Rural Sociological Society are eligible to apply for master’s thesis and Ph.D. dissertation research awards. Dissertation awards can be made for up to $5,000. Master’s thesis awards can be made for up to $2,500. Proposals approved for funding may receive budget allocations below the requested amounts, based on availability of funds and recommendations of the Endowment Committee.
The RSS Early Careers Research Awards Competition
Members of the Rural Sociological Society who received their Ph.D. on or after January 1, 2011 are eligible to apply for RSS Early Career Research awards. Because the size of these awards is modest, proposals will generally involve small-scale projects that will enhance opportunities for scholars to pursue expanded research efforts in the future. The Early Career Research awards have previously been made for up to $5,000.
Submission Guidelines for Awards Competitions
The deadline for submission of proposals and required supporting materials is February 19, 2016. Proposals received after that date will not be reviewed or considered for funding. All proposals must be submitted electronically and in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format to Chelsea Schelly at firstname.lastname@example.org, co-chair of the Awards and Endowment Committee. Please contact Chelsea Schelly for proposal requirements. Nominees who are unable to meet these submission requirements and/or who cannot save their files in .pdf format should contact Chelsea at 906-487-2113 or at the email listed above at least two weeks in advance of the due date so that alternative arrangements for submission can be made.
Deadline: February 19, 2016
Notification Date: May 2016
Award Date: July 2016 or by special arrangement
RSS Awards Committee seeking nominations for the following awards:
Nominations due by February 19, 2016
Rural Sociological Society Awards
- Distinguished Service to Rural Life
- Distinguished Rural Sociologist
- Excellent in Extension and Public Outreach
- The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award
- The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper
- RSS Certificate of Appreciation
RSS Abstract Submission Deadline has been extended:
Submit your abstract by Tuesday, February 16 at 11:59pm (EST)
Rural Sociological Society 79th Annual Meeting
August 7-10, 2016
Understanding Rural Social Class in an Era of Global Challenge
The 2016 RSS Annual Meeting website is available <www.ruralsociology.us>
Submission guidelines are available and the different types of submissions we seek. <Login to submit an abstract here>
Join RSS for 2016
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RSS Members IN THE NEWS
Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri discusses mergers and acquisitions in the meatpacking industry in a Mother Jones article entitled “The Oregon Militia Is Picking the Wrong Beef With the Feds” 13 January 2016
Carmen Bain, Iowa State University
Campbell’s GMO Move Heralds Change in Labeling Debate.
The recent move by Campbell Soup company to commit to labeling all its products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients could mark the beginning of a major shift in the fight over biotech ingredients, say industry experts.
According to Carmen Bain, a sociology professor at Iowa State University who studies GMO labeling, the move is “very significant and potentially a game changer.” Bain adds, “Campbell’s decision and the arguments they are making to justify their decision, undermines much of the food labeling case for not labeling. For more information, click the following link http://www.foodandagpolicy.org/news/story/campbells-gmo-move-heralds-change-labeling-debate-politico-pro