PGSG members: be reminded that there are several student awards with March 15 deadlines. Please consider submitting an application, or encouraging your students to do so. Early submissions are welcome!
- Alexander B. Murphy Dissertation Enhancement Award
- MA & PhD Student Paper Awards
ALEXANDER B. MURPHY DISSERTATION ENHANCEMENT AWARD
Description: The Alexander B. Murphy Dissertation Enhancement Award is granted annually to PGSG student members. Up to two awards of $1000 each may be awarded at the discretion of the Dissertation Enhancement Award Committee. Interested students should prepare a mini-dissertation proposal for submission to the Dissertation Awards Committee.
1. The competition is open to all Ph.D. students who are members of the PGSG.
2. The DEA proposal should be 8-10 pages in length total (single or double spaced) and include sections covering the research question(s), theoretical issues, conceptual framework, methodology, relevance to political geography, and a budget describing how the $1000 would be used.
3. A proposal submitted for the PGSG DEA award may NOT be submitted to any other AAG Specialty Group for a dissertation enhancement award.
4. If a student has already incurred expenses listed in the budget by the time of the award announcement, the student may use the DEA to cover those expenses.
5. The DEA proposal should be crafted from the student’s dissertation proposal which has been or will be submitted to the Ph.D. committee within the 2015-2016 academic year.
6. To enable full consideration of all submissions, entrants should send electronic copies of their DEA proposals to the Dissertation Enhancement Award Committee Chair listed below by 15 March 2016.
7. The results of the DEA competition will be announced to the winner prior to the annual AAG meeting and the winner will be invited to attend the annual AAG Awards Luncheon at the expense of the PGSG. The award will be formally announced at the PGSG business meeting and payment will take place shortly thereafter. The winner’s name and dissertation title will be forwarded to the AAG for publication in the AAG Newsletter.
8. Questions concerning the competition may be directed to the members of the Dissertation Enhancement Awards Committee.
Dissertation Enhancement Award Committee:
Robert Watrel (Chair), South Dakota State University, Robert.Watrel@sdstate.edu
Shannon O’Lear, University of Kansas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona Davidson, University of Arkansas, email@example.com
POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER COMPETITIONS
Description: The student paper competitions are open to all students who have written and presented a research paper on a topic in political geography.
Guidelines are as follows:
1. The competition is open to all students, however a student may not receive a Student Paper Competition award more than once during her/his tenure as a student.
2. The entries must be research papers and not complete theses or dissertations. Papers must not be longer than 15 pages double spaced 12 point font, plus bibliography.
3. Entries must be on a topic in political geography.
4. Paper entries must have been presented at a professional meeting during the period beginning with the first day of the previous AAG Annual Meeting and concluding with the last day of the next AAG Annual Meeting.
5. Digital copies of papers must be submitted electronically to the PGSG’s Student Paper Award Committee chair by 15 March 2016.
6. Submissions will be divided into Masters and Ph.D. student divisions.
7. Submissions will be judged on their written clarity, methodological and theoretical soundness, and their contributions to research in political geography.
8. All monetary prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Student Paper Award Committee. Awards will normally include: a) Master’s Student Award ($250); b) Doctoral Student Award ($250); c) up to three Honorable Mention awards ($150).
9. The results of the Student Paper Award competitions will be announced to the winners just prior to the annual AAG meeting. The awardees (including any Honorable Mention awardees) will be invited to attend the annual AAG Awards Luncheon at the expense of the PGSG. The awards will be formally announced at the PGSG business meeting and payment will take place shortly thereafter. The awardees’ names and paper titles will be forwarded to the AAG for publication in the AAG Newsletter.
10. Any questions pertaining to eligibility will be resolved by the Student Paper Award Committee.
Graduate Student Paper Award Committee:
Karen Culcasi (Chair), West Virginia University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Moore, UCLA, email@example.com
Steve Radil, University of Idaho, firstname.lastname@example.org