WSSA Competitions & Awards
Outstanding Emerging Scholar Awards
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.
2019's Outstanding Emerging Scholars are
Pittsburg State University, Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences (named by Past-President Barbara Bonnekessen, Pittsburg State University)
University of Eastern Finland, Karelian Institute (named by President Chris Brown, New Mexico State University)
Montse Feu Lopez
Sam Houston State University, Department of World Languages & Cultures (named by President-Elect Debra D. Andrist, Sam Houston State University)
WSSA Distinguished Book Award
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.
2019's WSSA Distinguished Book Award goes to
""Framing Immigrants: News Coverage, Public Opinion, and Policy", by Dr. Chris Haynes, University of New Haven, and Drs. Jennifer Merolla and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside. The following link goes to the description of the book at Amazon.com.
Larry Gould Best Article Award
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.
2019's winners of the Larry Gould Best Article Award are
Jae Sik Ha, Michigan State University; Sung Wook Ji, University of Illinois at Springfield; and Dong-Hee Shin, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, for “Selective Exposure to Partisan Media: Moderating Factors in Evaluations of the President.” The Social Science Journal, 55(1):62-74.
Competitions for Students
Student Paper Competitions
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 plaque, a prize of $800, 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, and congratulatory letters. Students must submit the title and abstract of their papers to a conference section by December 1, and must submit their full paper to the competition, and register for the conference, by January 15 of the conference year. (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 complete rules, and information on how to submit a paper to both the competition and a conference section,
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".
John Wicks Dissertation Paper Award
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 winner receives a plaque, a prize of $1,000, 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. Students must submit the title and abstract of their papers to a conference section by December 1, and must submit their full paper to the competition, and register for the conference, by January 15 of the conference year. (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 complete rules, and information on how to submit a paper to both the competition and a conference section,
2019 winner : no paper submitted met the criteria
The poster competition occurs on the Friday morning of the conference, at the Association Buffet Breakfast, 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 no later than December 1 of the year before the conference. The winner will receive a $250.00 prize and free registration at the conference of the year following their award. The second place winner will receive $125 and free registration at the conference of the year following their award.
For the complete rules, and information on how to submit a poster to the competition,
2018's winners of the WSSA Poster Competition are
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”
The Bill L. and Gerre D. Andrist Prize for Best Paper/Presentation on Women
Eligibility: must be an accepted paper for a section in that year's conference to be eligible, and must present at the conference to receive the prize.
Deadlines: Written papers are due Jan. 1, 2020, to Awards Committee, and winner must pre-register for conference by March 17, 2020, to be eligible.
Winner will receive: $500 check, framed certificate, and winner's name & paper's title announced on WSSA website and Facebook page.
Check & certificate will be awarded in April of each year at the conference luncheon. An Awards Committee will administer the award, including accepting submissions, and choosing the winner.
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. Dr. Lybecker is a member of the WSSA. Other members of the Selection Committee are: Sandy Davis of Colorado State University (WSSA member); Pinky Wassenberg of University of Illinois, Springfield; Sheldon Gen of San Francisco State University; and Nicholas Lovrich of Washington State University (WSSA member). 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).
The Lamb Prize is also supported by a 21 member Advisory Consortium representing faculty, agency personnel, and undergraduates from institutions nationwide.
The deadline for application for the prize is the third Monday in February of each year. The winner will receive public recognition and a $1,000 prize, and his/her reasonable travel expenses to the WSSA conference will be reimbursed. Further information can be found at http://lambprize.org, along with the applicant submission form. The application or nomination period for the Prize runs from November 1st until the third Monday in February.
2019's winner of the Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science is
Paul F. Weisser, Department of Philosophy and Politics, St. Vincent College
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 firstname.lastname@example.org on or before February 1, 2020. Email must be identified as Cayer PA Student paper submissions.
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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 Leo Killsback (Leo.Killsback@asu.edu) or Cheryl Bennett (Cheryl.Louise.Bennett@asu.edu). Dr. Killsback is the 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 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.
Grants for Students
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.