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2023 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 student winner may have presented the submitted paper the year before OR will present the year of the award;

5) the paper uses the Rural Sociology journal guidelines ( for formatting in particular word count (8,000 words, not including references, and 9,500 words for the complete manuscript).

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.

Past winners have submitted papers from their thesis and dissertation, as well as class papers. Papers will be reviewed by a panel of SAFRIG members. All authors will receive comments from panel members on their paper, which may be helpful for revisions if they choose to submit their paper to a journal. The winner(s) will receive a $150 monetary award, coverage of their conference registration fee, and a certificate. The award will be presented during the SAFRIG Business Meeting at the 2023 conference in Burlington, Vermont. Questions and submissions as a Word document should be sent to Michaela Hoffelmeyer at [email protected]. The submission deadline is May 15, 2023