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 Awards

Professional awards were suspended for 2021, and remain suspended for 2022.

WSSA student paper competitions are NOT suspended, but the cash prizes are suspended for  for 2021 and 2022.

 Outstanding Emerging Scholar Awards  (temporarily suspended, for 2021 & 2022)

 The Immediate Past-President of the WSSA, the President, and the President-Elect annually choose to honor a junior faculty member who has been active in his or her discipline for less than six years.  The awards recognize cutting edge research and substantial contributions to the social sciences, and the strong promise of future such contributions . The recipients receive a $2,000 cash award, are honored at the Presidential Luncheon, and have an opportunity to present at the conference. 

2020's Outstanding Emerging Scholars were

Jose Bucheli
New Mexico State University,  Department of Economics, Applied Statistics
& International Business
 (named by Past-President Christopher Brown, New Mexico State University)

Samar Zahrawi 
Sam Houston State University, Department of World Languages & Cultures (named by President Debra D. Andrist, Sam Houston State University)

Cheryl Redhorse Bennett 
Montana State University, Department of Native American Studies (named by President-Elect Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox, Arizona State University

Past Winners

WSSA Distinguished Book Award  (temporarily suspended, for 2021 & 2022)

Each year's Immediate Past-President chairs a committee which chooses to recognize one book published that year for its major contribution to the social sciences.  The author(s) receive a $1,000 cash award and are honored at the President's Reception and Awards Ceremony.

2020's WSSA Distinguished Book Award went to
"Weapons of Math Destruction", by Dr. Cathy O'Neil, Columbia University.  The following link goes to the description of the book at Amazon.com.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LDFCP0S/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Past Winners

Larry Gould Best Article Award  (temporarily suspended, for 2021 & 2022)

Each year, a committee chaired by the Editor of the Social Science Journal chooses the best article from those published in the previous year.  The author(s) receive a $1,000 cash award and are honored at the President's Reception and Awards Ceremony.

2020's Larry Gould Best Article Award went to
Guizhen Ma, Michigan State University, and Erin Trouth Hoffmann, Utah State University, for “Immigration and environment in the U.S.: A spatial study of air quality.” The Social Science Journal, 56(1):94-106.  The following link goes to the abstract at Taylor & Francis Online https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1016/j.soscij.2018.08.007?journalCode=ussj20

Past Winners


Competitions for Students

WSSA Student Paper Competitions

DEADLINE for ABSTRACT to be submitted to a Conference Section is DECEMBER 10, 2021

DEADLINE for APPLICATION for competition to be submitted is DECEMBER 10, 2021

DEADLINE for FULL PAPER to be uploaded for COMPETITION is FEBRUARY 8, 2022 

This competition has two categories, one for the best Undergraduate paper and one for the best Graduate paper.  The winners in each category receive a certificate, a prize of $800 (cash prize temporarily suspended, for 2021), and reimbursement of their conference registration fee, and congratulatory letters from the WSSA President-Elect will be sent to the students' department chairs, deans, provosts and other administrators at the students' home institutions.  Authors of excellent papers that are not chosen for the award may be eligible to receive a certificate of honorable mention, a cash prize of $400 (cash prize temporarily suspended, for 2021), and congratulatory letters. Students must submit the title and abstract of their papers to a conference section by December 10, 2021, and must also submit an Appication for Student Competition by that date.  The application form gives the format and content requirements for the papers. Full papers must be uploaded, through the same submission portal, no later than February 8, 2022.  Competitors will be notified of their status by March 6, 2022.  Competitors must register for the conference, by no later than March 12, 2022 (or by November 15, 2021, to receive the discounted fee).   (Note: it is not required that all of the awards be made each year; awards in each category will only be made if the papers submitted are of sufficient quality to merit them.) 

2019's Winners of the Student Paper Competitions are

Best Undergraduate Papers:
• The Best Undergraduate Paper: Carlos Eduardo Espina, Vassar College,  "Make Them Suffer: How the United States has Criminalized and Complicated the Process of Seeking Asylum for Central American Refugees";
Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Kimberley Kern & Audra Attaway, Northern Arizona University, Yuma Branch Campus, "Systemic Voter Suppression on the United States-Mexico Border:

Best Graduate Papers:
Outstanding Graduate Paper: Amy Ward, University of Southern California, "Tribal Family Healing Court: A Culturally Sensitive Approach to Child Welfare in Tribal Communities";
First Graduate Honorable Mention: Leah Gillion, Princeton University,  "Examining Racial Biases in Educational Institutions though a Political Ideological Lens";
Second Graduate Honorable Mention: Xianlin Jin, University of Kentucky, "Social-Mediated Crisis Communication and Information Dissemination: Social Network Analysis of Hurricane Irma Tweets".
To make a donation to the WSSA Student Paper Competions funding, click here  Be sure to put, in the notes section, "donation to the WSSA Student Paper Competitions funds".

Past Winners

John Wicks Dissertation Paper Award

DEADLINE for ABSTRACT to be submitted to a Conference Section is DECEMBER 10, 2021

DEADLINE for APPLICATION for Student Competition to be submitted is DECEMBER 10, 2021

DEADLINE for FULL PAPER to be uploaded for COMPETITION is FEBRUARY 8, 2022 

This is awarded to the student sole-author of a paper, selected by a section coordinator to be presented at the Annual Conference, which is based on a dissertation either in progress or completed before January 15 of the conference year. The paper is about the dissertation, not the dissertation itself.  The winner receives a certificate, a prize of $1,000 (cash prize temporarily suspended, for 2021 and 2022), and reimbursement of the conference registration fee, and congratulatory letters from the WSSA President-Elect will be sent to the student's department chairs, deans, provosts and other administrators at the student's home institution.  Competitors must register for the conference by no later than March 12 (or November 15, to receive the discounted fee).   (Note: it is not required that this awards be made each year; the award will only be made one of the papers submitted is of sufficient quality to merit it.) 


2019 winner : no paper submitted met the criteria

To make a donation to the John Wicks Dissertation Paper Award funding, click here  Be sure to put, in the notes section, "donation to the John Wicks Dissertation Award funds".

Past Winners

Poster Competition  

DEADLINE for APPLICATION for competition to be submitted is DECEMBER 10, 2021

This year, the poster competition will be presented in an area near the conference's Registration Desk, on the Friday morning of the conference, and has two categories, one for the best Undergraduate poster and one for the best Graduate poster. Contestants are expected to attend the conference and be available at the breakfast to answer questions about their posters; the winner will be chosen by the conference attendees. Poster proposals must be submitted through the Application for Student Competitions. The winner will receive a $250.00 prize (cash prize temporarily suspended for 2022)and free registration at the conference of the year following their award.  The second place winner will receive $125 (cash prize temporarily suspended for 2022and free registration at the conference of the year following their award.

(The 2019 competition was canceled due to lack of space, and due to the virtual nature of the 2020 and 2021 conferences, the Poster Competition was not held in those years),
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018's winners of the WSSA Poster Competition were

Winner : Carlos A. Gonzalez, Western Wyoming Community College, for “Adolescence in Black and White: Recognizing Student Agency in Gebo, Wyoming"
Runner-Up : María Isabel Martínez Méndez, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, for “Retroceso con Progreso en Mexico- Regression with Progress in Mexico”

Past Winners

The Bill L. and Gerre D. Andrist Prize for Best Paper/Presentation on Women

Eligibility: must be an accepted paper or presentation for a section in that year's conference to be eligible, and must present at the conference to receive the prize.   (Note: it is not required that all of the awards be made each year; awards in each category will only be made if the papers submitted are of sufficient quality to merit them.)  For the 2021 conference only, competitors may record their presentation.
Deadlines: Students must submit the title and abstract of their papers to a conference section by no later than January 6, 2022, and must also submit them to the competition, through the link below, by that date.  Full papers must be submitted to Dr. William Schaniel -  via email to wschanie@westga.edu  - no later than February 26, 2021, to be forwarded to the Award Committee, and the full paper or the recorded presentation must also be submitted to the conference section at that time. Email must be identified as Bill L. and Gerre D. Andrist competition in the subject line.  Competitors must register for the conference, by no later than March 29, 2021.    NEW SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS COMING SOON
Winner will receive: $500 check (cash prize temporarily suspended, for 2021),  award certificate, and winner's name & paper's title announced on WSSA website and Facebook page.
To make a donation to the Bill L. and Gerre D. Andrist Prize, click here  Be sure to put, in the notes section, "donation to the Andrist Prize funds".

Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science

The Lamb Prize, rewarding undergraduate innovation and good writing, is awarded annually based on an evaluation of applications by an independent Selection Committee, chaired by Dr. Donna Lybecker of Idaho State University. Other members of the Selection Committee are: Nicholas Lovrich of Washington State University; Sheldon Gen of San Francisco State University, Erika Allen Wolters of Oregon State University, and M. Dawn King of Brown University. This year, all members of the Selection Committee are also WSSA members.  The Lamb Prize is underwritten by the extended family of Bert & Phyllis Lamb through Negotiation Guidance Associates. The Lamb Prize Steering Committee is chaired by Dr. Berton Lee Lamb (Past President of the WSSA). See the website at https://lambprize.org/.

The Lamb Prize is also supported by a 21 member Advisory Consortium representing faculty, agency personnel, and undergraduates from institutions nationwide.

The application period for the 2022 prize will begin on November 1, 2021. The deadline for application for the prize is the third Monday in February of each year, which is February 18, for 2022. The winner will receive public recognition and a $1,000 prize, and his/her reasonable travel expenses to 2022's WSSA conference will be reimbursed. Further information can be found at http://lambprize.org, along with the applicant submission form. 

There is a short video clip about the benefits of the prize, posted on YouTube, at https://youtu.be/nYyi4lW2_qE.

2019's winner of the Prize was 
Paul F. WeisserDepartment of Philosophy and Politics, St. Vincent College, for his essay “I Believe We are Lost: the Worst Casualties of the Great War.” 

2020's winner was Sandra Carrillo Rodriguez of Idaho State University, for her paper that sought to understand how perceived discrimination and partisanship influences Latina/o/x linked fate. 

2021's winner was Andrew Steinberg of Brown University, for his paper “No Home for the Brave: Understanding America’s Veteran Deportation System”.  Honorable Mention was presented to Andrew Hinckley of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.  Mr. Hinckley’s award-winning paper is entitled “Ending Partisan Gerrymandering.”  

N. Joseph Cayer Public Administration Best Student Paper Award

The Public Administration Section is pleased to announce the inaugural N. Joseph Cayer Best Student Paper Award.  Dr. Cayer is a past President of the WSSA, Professor Emeritus of the School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, where is also a past Chair of the Department. Dr. Cayer is a mentor to public administration students and scholars who are inspired to walk in his footsteps.  The award is open to students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Students must present in the Public Administration section of the WSSA conference to be eligible for the award.  The 2019 inaugural N. Joseph Cayer Best Student Paper Award was presented to Matthew L. McClellan, PhD student, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Student abstracts must be submitted to the Public Administration section through the WSSA portal on or before December 1, 2019. Full papers must be submitted to Dr. Scott Lee via email to scottlee@iue.edu on or before February 1, 2020. Email must be identified as Cayer PA Student paper submissions

2020's winner of the N. Joseph Cayer Public Administration Best Student Paper Award is "Voices of Syrian Refugee Child Brides: A Photovoice and Herstory Project in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon", written by Shahrzad Sajadi, Katherine A. Aronson-Ensign, and Matthew L. McClellan, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
https://medium.com/@SGISDInclusion/phd-students-paper-wins-national-award-c8aa9b7ced18

To make a donation to the N. Joseph Cayer Award, click here  Be sure to put, in the notes section, "donation to the N. Joseph Cayer award funds".

Vine Deloria Jr. American Indian Studies Student Paper Award

Vine Deloria Jr. was instrumental to AIS and WSSA over the years.   Each year the American Indian Studies section honors Vine through a student paper competition, the “Vine Deloria, Jr. American Indian Studies Student Paper Award”, recognizing the advancement of knowledge that resonates with the principles Vine is known for and that which honors his contribution to American Indian Studies.  

The deadline for submissions to the Vine Deloria Jr.student paper competition is January 15, 2020.
Email all submissions for the student paper competition to Aresta Tsosie-Paddock alarusso@arizona.edu, primary contact for the AIS.  Instructors and community members, please encourage any student you know to submit.  Students: this is a great opportunity to get your work out there and to network with scholars and practitioners in the field.  Award winners will receive this prestigious award in front of the membership of WSSA.

Here is how you can participate:
·         Submit a single paper, OR
·         Propose a panel (please include your list of panelists), OR
·         Propose a roundtable

The paper, or panel, or roundtable must be accepted by the American Indian Studies section of the WSSA, for presentation at the conference, in order to be eligible for the award.  To submit your paper, panel, or roundtable, submit the title, author(s) name(s), abstract, and other information to the WSSA American Indian Studies section, by going to the WSSA website, http://www.WSSAweb.com, then the “Sections & Affiliates” page, then clicking on the “down” arrow on the link for American Indian Studies.  You will see WSSA’s definitions of Paper, Panel, and Roundtable, and the links you will use to submit.  You will not submit your full paper, only the abstract, in this way - you will submit your full paper(s) to the email addresses shown just below the deadline information, above.
Click here for flyer, with further information
To make a donation to the Vine Deloria, Jr., Award, click here  Be sure to put, in the notes section, "donation to the Vine Deloria, Jr., award funds".

Grants for Students

Travel Grants (temporarily suspended, for 2021 & 2022)

For students who are traveling more than 250 miles to the Annual Conference site. WSSA will make a grant of up to $500 each, plus reimbursed registration, toward defraying the awardees' necessary travel expenses. Grantees must participate (by way of either presenting a paper or a poster, or by serving as a member of a panel) in the conference program, and must pre-register to be eligible. The student must complete an application letter to the Student Grant & Award Coordinator,  confirming his or her participation in the upcoming conference and the need for the amount of the grant to defray travel expenses. Submissions must include a budget narrative and a one paragraph statement of interest/need, and are due by February 15 of the conference year. Preference will be given to students whose papers have been accepted to a panel.  Recipients for grants will be selected by a Grants & Awards Committee that will be constituted and chaired by the Student Grant & Award Coordinator. No more than ten (10) awards may be made annually by this Committee. The list of grantees will be forwarded to the WSSA Communications Director by March 1st of the conference year. Checks for the grant amount will be issued by the WSSA Communications Director following participation by grantees in the Conference.

Click here for the Travel Grant application