Ronald Wimberley Student Paper Competition

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Ronald Wimberley Student Paper Competition

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2013

This year the Community Research Interest Group (RIG) is proud to announce the creation of a new paper competition designed to encourage and support graduate and undergraduate student research on rural communities. Specific topics can vary widely but in keeping with the spirit of the award’s namesake, Ronald Wimberley, emphasis should be placed on the improvement of the quality-of-life in rural communities. In addition, preference will be given to those papers that make a strong contribution to our understanding of rural community life in this age of globalization. How are rural communities adapting to new challenges brought about by globalization and what can they do to gain a more advantageous position in an increasingly urban world?

Graduate Paper Competition: Papers submitted for the graduate student paper competition will be held to a high standard with respect to the level of scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 20-30 pages, and should include a relevant review of the literature, original analysis, a clear discussion and set of conclusions, include complete references, and be written at a professional level.

Undergraduate Paper Competition: Papers submitted for the undergraduate paper competition will be held to the highest standard appropriate to the level of undergraduate scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 10-20 pages, and should include a relevant literature review with complete references that is clearly and legibly written. Papers that include original analyses will be rated higher, but this is not a requirement for submission.

Instructions for Submission
If you wish to submit a paper for this competition, please send it as an attached Word (.doc or .docx) file to ghthomps2@gmail.com. Please do not send in the pdf format (we will need to edit them to make judging anonymous). In the subject line of the email enter either “submission for graduate student paper competition” or “submission for undergraduate student paper competition.” When the submissions are received, they will be sent to a panel of judges who will not be made aware of the author’s identity. Winners of the paper competition will be honored at a reception during the RSS annual meeting, where they will receive their award honoraria (see below).

Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2013
Honoraria: Graduate Paper ($200); Undergraduate Paper ($150)