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The following awards are presented by the Awards Committee during the Annual Meeting (see descriptions below):

Certificate of Appreciation
Rural Sociology Best Paper
Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award
Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement
Excellence in Practice and Application
Excellence in Extension and Outreach
Excellence in Instruction
Excellence in Research
Distinguished Rural Sociologist
Distinguished Service to Rural Life

The following endowment awards are provided by the RSS:

Master’s Thesis Award
Doctoral Dissertation Awards
Early Career Awards

Distinguished Service to Rural Life

Purpose: To recognize a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of rural life and rural people.

Distinguished Rural Sociologist

Purpose: To honor one or more RSS members who have made superior career contributions to the field of rural sociology through research, teaching, extension, public service, and/or public policy.

Comments: Based on overall professional accomplishments in rural sociology.

 Excellence in Research

Purpose: To recognize a RSS member who has made outstanding contributions to rural-oriented research and/or theory.

Comments: Contribution of nominee to substantive area of research and/or theory should be emphasized.

Excellence in Instruction

Purpose: To recognize outstanding rural-oriented teaching by a RSS member at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.

Comments: Innovation surrounding teaching and learning should be emphasized. Innovation may relate to a particular course, thematic area, population of students or pedagogical approach or technique. Evidence of impact should be provided.

 Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach

Purpose: To honor a RSS member, working at a university or college, who has made significant contributions to extension and public outreach.

Comments: This award is intended to recognize public service excellence in academic settings. Excellence centers on having made a significant impact on rural residents, rural life and/or rural policy. A specific program or area of outreach or extension should be highlighted.

Excellence in Practice and Application

Purpose: To honor someone working in a non-academic setting, who has made significant contributions in the area of practice and application.

Comments: This award is intended to recognize excellence in non-academic settings, such as a government agency, a non-governmental organization or private firm. Excellence centers on having made a significant impact on rural residents, rural life and/or rural policy. A specific program or area of practice and application should be highlighted.

 Certificate of Appreciation

Purpose: To honor RSS members providing outstanding service to the Society beyond the call of duty in a singular area of effort.

Comments: The specific effort that is highlighted should not be associated with career accomplishments or as an officer or committee chair in the Society.

The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award

Purpose: To enhance the involvement of graduate students in the RSS annual meeting, and to support their professional development.

The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award 2013  (Journal Article)

Purpose:  To recognize outstanding scholarship in the form of a book or article (alternating years for each format) that demonstrates excellence in scholarly work in the same sprit as that exemplified by the late Fred Buttel.

Comments:  This year the committee seeks nominations for outstanding scholarly journal articles that advance the field of rural sociological knowledge. The article must have been published in 2012 or 2013.