Behavioral & Social Sciences Section Awards

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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. Eligibility at the dissertation level is limited to student members who are no more than 18 months post doctorate by the final submission deadline.

Deadline: July 31, 2019


  • 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  • The paper may not be published nor accepted for publication at time of submission.
  • 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 (2010), Publication Manual, 6th Ed).
  • The paper must inlcude the statement "I have complied with the APA ethical standards of research in regards to this submission."
  • 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.
  • Papers considered for the award must be presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting during the year of the competition.

Nature of Award
The award recipient at the dissertation level receives a $500 cash prize and the award recipient at the pre-dissertation level receives a $500 cash prize. Recipients also receive a certificate and will be recognized at the Behavioral & Social Sciences Section Business Meeting and Award Presentation at the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, TX.

Self Nomination Process
In order to submit for either award, upload two copies of your paper (one blind, one unblinded) with supporting documentation (letters from co-authors or advisor) to the online nominations portal by July 31.

Past Awardees
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