Student Interest
The Rural Race and Ethnicity (RRE) RIG is pleased to announce the call for our graduate student paper competition. In order to be considered for this competition, papers must:

1) Be authored by a student or group of students (no faculty co-authors)
2) Be authored by current RSS members
3) Focus rural race and ethnicity as a central area of inquiry in rural contexts
4) Follow Rural Sociology journal guidelines for style, formatting, and references

Papers will be particularly competitive if they 1) demonstrate effective use of sociological theories of race and ethnicity intersecting with and shaping rural contexts and/or 2) position race and ethnicity as a central theme of the paper.

Submissions for the Student Paper 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.

Double submission (paper cannot be submitted in any other RIG paper competitions) will disqualify participation. The winner(s) will receive a certificate of recognition. Author/s must be able to present the paper at the RSS Annual Meeting in 2019.

The award will be presented during the Rural Race and Ethnicity Business Meeting at the 2019 conference.
Submissions for this competition must be sent as an email attachment by May 15, 2019 to RRE
RIG co-chairs: Araceli González and Kevin Alejandrez.
 

2019 SAFRIG Student Paper Award

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

1) Is authored by a student or group of students (no faculty co-authors)

2) Focuses on an agrifood topic

3) 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. In order to compete, all authors must be members of the Rural Sociological Society. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and monetary award. The winner(s) must present the paper at the RSS Annual Meeting in 2019. The award will be presented during the SAFRIG Business Meeting at the 2019 conference. Submissions for this competition should be sent as an e-mail attachment by May 15, 2019 to Dani Deemer at [email protected].

 

NSF-NRT Program at Kansas State University

Kansas State University are recruiting Sociology M.S. and Ph.D. students for a new interdisciplinary graduate program. 

Briefly, the program is funded by a National Research Traineeship (NRT) Award from the National Science Foundation. The theme is “Rural Resource Resiliency.”  The program is designed to prepare future leaders in industry, academia, government, and policy settings to help shape more sustainable communities.  The program focuses especially on the challenges associated with food, energy, and water systems.

Kansas State can offer a generous stipend ($34,000 per year; 1-year at the Master’s level, 2-years at the PhD level), and full tuition (up to 18 credit hours per year).  Following this funding, students in the program will be very competitive for GTA and GRA opportunities to complete their studies. NSF does require US Citizenship, green card, or permanent residency to participate with NRT-funding.  Also, Kansas State can waive the application fee to the KSU Graduate School.

For more information, click here.

 

Natural Resource Research and Interest Group (NRRIG) Awards

Award Guidelines

The previous year’s award winners are asked to serve, alongside our RIG’s chairs, as reviewers for the following year’s submissions. Award winners are expected to attend the annual meeting as well as the NRRIG business meeting. Paper award winners are also expected to present their winning paper at the annual meeting.

NRRIG WILLIAM R. FREUDENBURG AWARD OF MERIT

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.

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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.

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