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Department of Sociology James F. Short, Jr. Research Award

Award: $1,000 cash award.

Purpose: To recognize, honor, and promote examples of high quality graduate student scholarship and to provide critical guidance to the winner or winners in preparing work for publication.

Eligibility: All graduate students in good standing in the Department of Sociology.

Criteria: Papers must represent original scholarship by one or more current graduate students. Papers written for classes or stemming from theses or dissertations are encouraged. Papers may have had critical review of faculty members, but cannot be co-authored by a faculty member. All papers must acknowledge any faculty assistance in order to ensure fair and equitable evaluation of papers. Papers should conform to American Sociological Association style and may focus on one or more of the following:

  • Explanatory, descriptive, or exploratory research using qualitative or quantitative methods.
  • Development or refinement of existing sociological methodologies or statistical procedures.
  • Development or refinement of existing sociological theory.

No particular subject matter, theoretical orientation, methodology, or procedures will be given priority over any other.

Selection Procedures: The Awards Committee will review all submitted papers. Papers will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The importance and originality of the papers contribution to sociology generally, and – if applicable – to specific specialties or sub-problems of the field.
  • The conceptualization of the problems or issues.
  • Clarity in the development and presentation of the ideas identifying the problems or issues addressed.
  • Operationalization and measurement, if applicable, of variables.
  • Ability to develop the sociological implications of the paper’s findings.
  • Quality and clarity of writing.

Application: Submit a paper in PDF format (no more than 4500 words) and cover letter detailing how you see the contribution of your paper.