Awards and Endowment

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.

The RSS Awards Committee is seeking submissions for the following awards:

  • Distinguished Service to Rural Life
  • Distinguished Rural Sociologist
  • Excellence in Research
  • Excellence in Instruction
  • Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award 2019 (Article)
  • The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award

Deadline: February 15, 2019

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2019 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 2018-2019 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 to future RSS Annual Meetings. 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, 2014 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 15, 2019. Proposals received after that date will not be reviewed or considered for funding. All proposals must be compiled into a single Adobe Acrobat .pdf format and submitted to Matthew Sanderson ([email protected]), chair of the Awards and Endowment Committee. Nominees who are unable to meet these submission requirements and/or who cannot save their files in .pdf format should contact Matthew at (785)532-4969 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.

When nominating someone for any award, nominators should consider whether the candidate meets the standards outlined by the RSS Code of Ethics. RSS award winners are expected to meet these standards: https://www.ruralsociology.org/rss-ethics.

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Members:

 Matthew Sanderson

Chair

2017-2019

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Gretchen Thompson

Chair Elect

2018-2020

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Daisy Rooks

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2018-2021

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Phil Howard

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2018-2021

[email protected]

Hannah Holleman

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2016-2019

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Rachel Terman

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2016-2019

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Shaun Golding

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2017-2020

[email protected]

Ethan Schoolman

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2017-2020

[email protected]

Sarah Walton (Awards)

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2018-2019

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Jasmine Whiteside (Endowment)

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2018-2019

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Cynthia Struthers

ExecDirector

ex officio

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Jennifer Sherman

Past Chair

2016-2018

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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.  Click on the name of the award to see the list of recipients.  If you notice any omissions or errors please notify the RSS Business Office at [email protected]

RSS Award Descriptions Can Be Found Here

Past Award Recipients

Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award

Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award

Excellence in Research Award

Excellence in Instruction

Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach

Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award

Certificate of Appreciation

Frederick H. Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award

Rural Sociology Best Paper Award