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Call For Abstracts Rural Studies Student Conference
Announcements
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS!
 
The Rural Sociology Graduate Association (RSGA) at Penn State will be hosting their 8th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference this fall!
This year's conference, "Inequality and Inequity in Rural Society" will take place virtually on Friday, October 22nd, 2021, with a pre-conference speaker on the afternoon of Thursday, October 21st.  
 
We look forward to welcoming this year's keynote speakers:
We invite students from all universities, all disciplines, and all levels to present their work. Abstracts may reflect thesis and dissertation work, as well as program design proposals, term papers, or other research projects. Works from all stages of the research process are welcomed and encouraged for submission. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on research (at any stage of development from any discipline or department) from your student peers. Please note that only students (undergraduate or graduate) are invited to present; however, non-students are welcome to attend.
 
Friday, September 24th is the abstract submission deadline for this year's Rural Studies Student Conference. Students who intend to present are asked to submit a 250 word abstract of their work via the Abstract Submission Form. Students may choose to submit their abstract as a standard 12-minute conference presentation or as a digital poster submission.
Conference registration is free but required. Please visit Registration Form to confirm your attendance. You may register up until October 20th to be able to receive the zoom link for the conference. 
  • You do not need to submit an abstract in order to attend.
  • The conference will be completely virtual, so no travel or other expenses are required.
Please direct any questions to [email protected].
 
Lawrence Busch Award for Graduate Student Research on Food and Agriculture
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2022 Rural Sociological Society

Lawrence Busch Award for Graduate Student Research

on Food and Agriculture

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2021

This year the RSS Council has authorized the use of Endowment funds to support the Lawrence Busch Award for Graduate Student Research on Food and Agriculture conducted during the 2021-2022 fiscal/academic year. Proposals are invited to conduct research with a focus on food and agriculture. The award is designed to stimulate research that will help develop the careers of future rural sociologists and support the broader mission of the Rural Sociological Society. Award winners are strongly encouraged to submit papers based on their research at future RSS Annual Meetings. The RSS Awards and Endowment Committee will oversee the awards process.

Award Guidelines

The recipient of this award shall engage in social research on issues related to food and/or agriculture. The research may be of domestic or international relevance and shall have been approved by the appropriate offices of the student’s institution. The award shall be given directly to the recipient and not to any institution.

The awardee shall be a member[1] in good standing of the RSS at the time of the award. The awardee is encouraged to attend the meetings of the Society and to present research conducted under the award. Moreover, the award shall be available to anyone without regard to nationality or citizenship. The awardee need not be a sociologist, but must be someone with a strong and demonstrable interest in social issues surrounding food and agriculture.  The amount granted in 2022 will be no more than $2,000.00 and may be less depending on the availability of funds.

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Thesis, Dissertation, and Early Career Awards
Announcements

2022 Rural Sociological Society

MA/MS, PhD, and Early Career Research Award Competition

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2021

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 2021-2022 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. Award winners are strongly encouraged to submit papers based on their research at future RSS Annual Meetings. The RSS Endowment Committee will oversee the awards process. NOTE:  Application dates for these awards have changed.

The RSS Master’s Thesis and Dissertation Research Award Competition

Graduate student members[1] 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, 2016 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.

 

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