RSS Scholarships and Awards
Nominations are now be accepted for 2017 RSS Awards. Please submit nominations by February 17, 2017.
The 2017 RSS Ms, PhD., and Early Career Award Competition is now accepting applications. Please submit your completed file by February 17, 2017.
Chelsea Schelly, Chair Awards and Endowments firstname.lastname@example.org
Description of RSS Awards
Rural Sociological Society awards her distinguished members. Awards are given to members of RSS on different laudable projects, contributions to the academic world and the society at large both locally and internationally. The different awards available are:
Distinguished Service to Rural Life
The purpose of the Distinguished Service to Rural Life Awards is to recognize a person, organization, or collective who has made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of rural life, rural people, or rural policy. Awardees are individuals, organizations, or collectives whose activities exemplify the goals of the RSS. They may or may not be RSS members. This award is intended to recognize excellence in non-academic settings, such as a non-governmental organization, government agency, or private firm.
Distinguished Rural Sociologist
The purpose of the Distinguished Rural Sociologist is 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. Awards are based on overall professional accomplishments in rural sociology.
Excellence in Research
The purpose of the Excellence in Research Award is to recognize RSS members who have made outstanding contributions to rural-oriented research and/or theory. Note: The contributions of the awardee to substantive area of rural-oriented research and/or theory are important to us.
Excellence in Instruction
The purpose of the Excellence in Instruction Award is to recognize outstanding rural-oriented teaching by RSS members at the graduate and/or undergraduate level. Note: Innovation in teaching and learning is 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
The purpose of the Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach Award is to honor RSS members, working at universities or colleges, who have made significant contributions to extension and public outreach. 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. Their specific programs or areas of outreach or extension are highlighted.
Certificate of Appreciation
The purpose of the Certificate of Appreciation is to honor RSS members who have provided outstanding service to the Society beyond the call of duty in a singular area of effort. The specific effort highlighted are not associated with career accomplishments or service as an officer or committee chair in the Society.
The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award
The purpose of the Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award is to enhance the involvement of graduate students in the RSS annual meeting, and to support their professional development. The awardees are current RSS members. The paper must be accepted for presentation at the RSS annual meeting in the year the award is made. The paper may be co- authored with another graduate student who is a RSS member, but not with a faculty member.
The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award 2017 (Article)
The purpose of the Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award is 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 spirit as that exemplified by the late Fred Buttel.
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According to the Bylaws, the Awards and Endowment Committee shall organize and implement the Society's efforts to recognize and honor those persons whose diverse efforts have enhanced the field of rural sociology and/or improved the conditions of rural people and places. The Society supports scholarship and practice to improve the quality of rural life through the distribution of funds from the Endowment.
Shoshanah Inwood, University of Vermont was recently interviewed for NPR's "the salt" about the importance of access to health insurance to farmers. Kathleen Masterson of Vermont Public Radio writes "There are many challenges to farming for a living: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored is the cost of health care. Inwood has found in her work that most farmers cite health care costs as a top concern. Read the entire transcript here.