Announcements: SPSP Research Awards

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By Lucy Zheng

It’s summer and you’ve just submitted your abstract for SPSP 2020, so now is the perfect time to apply for awards to enhance your trip to New Orleans! 

Outstanding Research Award (ORA)

The Outstanding Research Award recognizes rigorous and transparent research by graduate students. Empirical submissions will be evaluated for the quality of the research design, transparency of the reported results, and legitimacy of the statistical conclusions. The goal of this award is to highlight outstanding empirical research regardless of the statistical significance of the results.

  • 5 winners
  • Prize is a $100 honorarium and the opportunity to meet with a mentor of your choice at the convention
  • Submissions are reviewed by student peers and/or faculty members
  • All graduate students, whether pursuing dissertation or pre-dissertation research, are welcome to submit 
  • Application portal opens mid-September after submissions decisions are sent out, and closes Friday, September 27, 2019, 11:59pm U.S. ET

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Graduate Student Poster Award (GSPA)

The Graduate Student Poster Award recognizes graduate poster presentations characterized by excellence in research, clarity in presentation, and personal knowledge demonstrated in a discussion with judges at the annual convention.

  • 5 winners; 5 runners-up
  • Winners receive a $100 and the opportunity to have their work showcased at the convention
  • 5 runners-up receive a $50 honorarium
  • Application portal opens mid-September after submissions decisions are sent out, and closes Friday, September 27, 2019, 11:59pm U.S. ET

In the first round of judging, reviewers will evaluate posters based on their effectiveness in communicating main finding(s) or conclusions in a simple, easy-to-follow format. In addition, reviewers will provide an in-depth evaluation of both poster content and the accompanying research summary. Scores from this round will be used to select 30 finalists. These finalists will present their posters during the first poster session of the SPSP Annual Convention and will be interviewed by several secret judges (typically faculty members).

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Note: The Undergraduate Student Poster Awards (USPA) will open in mid-October, after undergraduate posters decisions are sent.