2020 Student Paper Awards
Announcements

RESEARCH AND INTEREST GROUP (RIGs) – 2020 STUDENT PAPER AWARDS

What are Research and Interest Groups? Research and Interest Groups (RIGs) reflect the substantive interests of Rural Sociological Society (RSS) members and serve as an important avenue for connecting members with similar interests.  RIGs serve a critical role in RSS including: identifying, developing, and recruiting for the annual RSS conference; planning special events, speakers, field trips for the annual conference; providing intellectual leadership in their respective areas; rewarding achievement through internal awards and recognitions; and creating opportunities for members, particularly graduate students, to network and identify colleagues with similar interests.

General Guidelines for Submitting Student Papers:

Be sure to read carefully the requirements set by each RIG when submitting your paper for consideration for a student paper award.

  • Is authored by a student or students (no faculty co-authors).

  • Authors are members of the Rural Sociological Society.

  • The paper may be under initial review at time of submission to a peer-reviewed journal but cannot be already accepted (in press) or published in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Students may submit the same paper to more than one RIG for consideration but it must have topical relevance and fit the criteria for each RIG. 

  • Students are expected to present their paper at the Annual Meeting.

Community, Health, and Family Research and Interest Group

RONALD WIMBERLEY STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 3rd, 2020

The Community, Health, and Family Research Interest Group (RIG) is proud to announce the seventh annual Ronald Wimberley student paper competition designed to encourage and support graduate and undergraduate student research on rural communities.  The call for papers is open to a wide range of topics 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. Preference will be given to those papers that make a strong contribution to our understanding of rural community life and health.  How are rural communities adapting to challenges brought about by scientific changes, economic transformation, or health needs?

Graduate Student Paper Competition Guidelines:

Papers submitted for this 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, complete references, and be written at a professional level.

Undergraduate Paper Competition:

Papers submitted for undergraduate student paper competition will be similarly held to a high 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.

*Manuscripts may be co-authored as long as the student submitting the manuscript is the primary author.

Instructions for Submission:

To have a paper considered for review for this award, first, submit an abstract to present the paper at the 2020 annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society.  Second, submit your manuscript as an attached Word (doc. or .docx) file to Dr. Karl Jicha at [email protected] by Friday, April 3, 2020.  Please do not submit your paper in .pdf format, as we will need to edit them to make judging anonymous.  In the subject line of the email enter “submission for graduate” or “undergraduate student paper competition.” When the submissions are received, they will be sent to a panel of judges.  Winners of the paper competition will be honored at the RIG reception during the RSS annual meeting, where they will receive a certificate and their award honoraria (see below). Winners will be notified via email by June 1, 2020.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Honoraria: Graduate Paper ($250.00); Undergraduate Paper ($150.00): to be used to defray part of the cost of registering for and attending the 2020 RSS Annual Meeting in Westminster, CO.

Natural Resources

NRRIG GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP 

The NRRIG Graduate Student Travel Scholarship is intended to support graduate student participation at the RSS annual meetings.

The recipient will be reimbursed for the student (member) registration cost for the RSS annual meeting ($125).

There is a two-step process for submission: 1) Submit an abstract to present an oral presentation in the area of environmental or natural resources sociology at the annual meeting; 2) submit a cover letter to the NRRG chair by May 4 of the year of application. Cover letters will be reviewed based on need (i.e., does the student have alternative funding sources via his/her department or advisor), and importance of the meeting to the student’s career trajectory. Abstracts will be evaluated based on relevance, innovation, and/or potential contribution to the NRRIG. The winner will be selected by a committee of NRRIG members and notified by June 1 of the year of application. 

NRRIG GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

The Natural Resources Research Interest Group (NRRIG) of the Rural Sociological Society is soliciting submissions for a graduate student paper award in the area environmental or natural resources sociology. The paper should be related to the broad interests of the NRRIG. Current graduate students and recent graduates (who receive their degrees no earlier than May of the year of award) may apply.

Coauthored papers are acceptable, including those co-authored with faculty. If co-authored, the applicant (a) must be the lead author of the manuscript, and (b) provide a statement detailing the relative contributions of each co-author.

The recipient will receive a monetary prize of at least $100 (final amount TBD based on NRRIG budget) to defray the cost of attending the Annual Meetings of RSS. The recipient will also be recognized at the NRRIG business meeting.

There is a two-step process for submission: 1) Submit an abstract to present the paper at the 2020 meeting; 2) Send an electronic copy of the full paper with contact information to the NRRIG chair by May 4 of the year of application; and (3) if co-authored, provide a statement detailing the relative contributions of each co-author.

The paper submission should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (including all tables, graphs, and references) in a standard font (12 point). The winner will be selected by a committee of NRRIG members and notified by June 1 of the year of application.

Papers will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Advancement of knowledge in the area environmental or natural resources sociology. 

  2. Significance of the topic for the NRRG of the Rural Sociological Society. 

  3. Quality and implementation of the research, theory, and argument. 

  4. Analysis and interpretation of the findings. 

  5. Clarity and organization of the writing.

Sociology of Agriculture and Food (SAFRIG)

2020 SAFRIG Student Paper Award 

The Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Interest Group (SAFRIG) will present
a Student Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. Requirements for this award include that: 

1) the paper focuses on an agrifood topic,
2) the paper is authored by a student or group of students (no faculty co-authors),
3) all authors are members of the Rural Sociological Society,
4) the paper will be presented at the 2020 RSS annual meeting (i.e. abstract has been accepted for presentation),
5) the paper uses the Rural Sociology journal guidelines for style, formatting, and references. 

Papers will be particularly competitive if they demonstrate effective use of innovative theories, methods, and/or attention to unique geographic, cultural, and political contexts. Submissions for the Student Paper Award competition can be under initial review at a peer-reviewed journal but cannot be already accepted (in press) or published in a peer-reviewed journal. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and monetary award. The award will be presented during the SAFRIG Business Meeting at the 2020 conference. Questions and submissions should be sent to Florence Becot at [email protected]. Submission deadline is May 15, 2020.