Call for Submissions: Rural Sociological Society Awards

Call for Submissions:

Rural Sociological Society Awards

Deadline:  February 28, 2020

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 2020 (Book)
  • The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award

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:

Detail description and criteria for all awards can be found at:

Nomination packets should include a cover letter cover letter from the principal nominator outlining the major contributions of the nominee, a biographic sketch of the candidate/organization, brief materials (e.g., brochure, report, etc.) describing the project or program if nominee is an organization or collective, and two to four letters of support.

Nomination packets should be submitted by February 28, 2020 to Gretchen Thompson, via email as.pdf application packets to: [email protected].

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.

2020 Natural Resources RIG Awards


The William R. Freudenburg Award of Merit is presented to recognize exceptional contributions to the sociology of natural resources and the environment. The award is given to recognize an outstanding legacy / collective body of work that has demonstrably impacted natural resources and environmental sociology.

Recipients will have the following qualifications: outstanding research and scholarship as evidenced not solely by numbers of publications, but their impact: simply put, we are looking for recipients who have substantively affected the trajectory of thinking within natural resources and environmental sociology. Such impact may also be evidenced via application of work beyond the academy, such as work with a natural resources agency, organization, or other partnerships. Other contributions to the NRRIG or sociology of natural resources and environment, such as an outstanding legacy of outreach, graduate student mentorship, and/or instruction are also envisioned as important criteria for consideration. Nominees are not required to be present or past members of the NRRIG.

To nominate someone please submit 1) up to three letters of nomination that clearly explain the reasons for considering the nomination and the nominee’s contribution to the sociology of natural resources and environment, as well as 2) a current copy of the nominee's CV. Additional supporting materials may be sent, but are not required. Nomination materials must be submitted to the NRRIG chair, Cat Edgeley ([email protected]) by May 4 of the year of application. The winner will be selected by a committee of NRRIG members and notified by June 1 of the year of application.

2020 Ralph Brown Scholar Paper Award

Rural Sociological Society Community, Health, and Family Research Interest Group Ralph B. Brown Scholar Paper Competition Submission

Deadline: Friday, April 3rd, 2020 

The Community, Health, and Family Research Interest Group (RIG) is proud to announce the fifth annual Ralph B. Brown scholar paper competition designed to encourage and support research in rural communities. The call for papers is open to a wide range of topics in keeping with the spirit of the award’s namesake, Ralph Brown. Emphasis should be placed on such topics as community satisfaction and attachment, social change and development, family and community, and community leadership. International research is highly encouraged in accordance with his dedication to international development studies. 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? 

Scholar Paper Competition Guidelines: 

Who is eligible: The Ralph B. Brown Scholar Paper Competition is open to faculty and non- academic researchers who have an advanced degree. Graduate students are not eligible but are encouraged to submit a paper to the Ronald Wimberley student paper competition. 

Papers submitted for the scholar paper competition will be held to a high standard with respect to the level of scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 25-35 pages and should include a relevant review of the literature, original analysis or effort to advance community theory, a clear discussion and set of conclusions, and complete references. 

*Manuscripts may be co-authored as long as the person submitting it is the primary author.

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