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Student Research Award
The Behavioral and Social Sciences Section presents two awards for student papers: one at the pre-dissertation level and one at the dissertation level. Eligibility at the pre-dissertation level is limited to student members enrolled in doctoral programs who do not yet have their doctorate degree. Eligibilty at the dissertation level is limited to student members who are no more than 18 months post doctorate by the final submission deadline.

The award winner at the dissertation level receives a $1,000 cash prize and the award winner at the pre-dissertation level receives a $500 cash prize. Award winners in both categories also receive a copy of The Handbook of Aging (the Social Sciences or the Psychology edition) and a one-year GSA membership.

Final Submission Deadline
Monday, September 15.

  • Applicants must be a student/ESPO member of the Behavioral and Social Sciences section.
  • The paper must be a completed empirical study dealing with a topic of relevance to the BSS section of GSA.
  • The quality of review of previous theoretical and/or empirical work.
  • Intelligent use and explanation of existing theory to build a context for the present paper.
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Extent to which relevant methodological aspects (e.g., sample, measures, data analysis) are adequately described.
  • Quality of methods (e.g., use of appropriate sampling, data collection, research design and data analytic techniques; proper execution of chosen methods).
  • Appropriateness of scope of the paper (e.g., does the author attempt to accomplish too much?).
  • Quality of Interpretation (e.g., conclusions do not extend beyond what the data indicate; awareness of study limitations; relevance to future practice, theory, or research are well-described).
  • Writing style/Adherence to guidelines.
  • Progression of Ideas.
  • The paper must adhere to APA style (American Psychological Association (2001), Publication Manual, 5th Ed).
  • The paper may not exceed 30 double-spaced pages total (including, figures, tables, references, and appendices) at a minimum of 12 point font with one-inch margins all around.
  • Finally, student papers must be primarily the work of the student. If the manuscript is co-authored, a letter from the other author is required that should verify that the student applicant had the primary responsibility for the work.

In order to submit for this award, please send two copies of your paper (one blind, one unblinded) with supporting documentation (letters from co-authors or advisor)  to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject "BSS Dissertation Award - YOUR NAME HERE" or  "BSS Pre-Disseration Award - YOUR NAME HERE" by COB on the submission deadline date.