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The Stuart A. Rice Merit Award for Career Achievements

Description The Stuart A. Rice Merit Award is presented at the Annual Banquet in May to a distinguished senior member of the Society who has made a significant contribution to the discipline.  Nominees will be judged on their collective accomplishments over a professional career of at least 25 years.

Nominations are encouraged for individuals from any career setting, including but not limited to: academics, government service, private research, consulting, retirement and/or independent scholarship. Achievements may include scholarship, teaching and mentoring, use of sociology in public policy analysis, contributions to professional organizations, advancement of public awareness of sociological practice, leadership in the use of sociological knowledge in non-traditional settings, and related criteria.

Organization or academic titles (such as department chair, bureau chief, professor, etc.) are not, in the absence of other accomplishments, viewed as criteria of outstanding career achievement.  Nominees must be current members of DCSS.  Nominations remain active for three years.
 
Nomination Process To submit a nomination (which can include nominating yourself), please send a letter of nomination, the nominee’s resume or vita, and related supporting materials to Dr. Lynda Laughlin, lynda.laughlin@gmail.com.  
Previous Awardees 2017
Dr. Jose Casanova, Georgetown University
Irene B. Taeuber Graduate Student Paper Award  
Description Graduate students in the Washington, DC metro area are invited to submit papers for consideration for this award.  This competition for best paper is open to all graduate students enrolled in Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia area colleges and universities.  The winning author receives a $200 cash award and recognition at the May Awards Dinner.

Submissions must be solely authored papers on a sociological topic, and they must be the individual work of the author. Previously published papers (or those accepted for publication) are not eligible for consideration. Both M.A. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply. Please note your program with the submission since separate awards will be made to one M.A. student and one Ph.D. student. Papers should be under 50 pages in length (total number of pages including figures and references, double-spaced) and should not be full theses or dissertations.
 
Nomination Process Please note your program with the submission since separate awards will be made to one M.A. student and one Ph.D. student.  Submissions should be sent to Dr. Sandra Hanson, hanson@cua.edu. The deadline is April 24, 2017.   
Previous Awardees 2017
PhD Paper Award:
Winner: Brittany Dernberger, University of Maryland, College Park, “The Tied Migrant Employment Penalty: Public Perceptions of Military Spouses Seeking Work”

MA Paper Award:
Winner: Christian Rafael Suero, George Mason University, “College Internships and the Pathway to (In)Equality: A Study of First-Generation College Student’s Well-being During Internship Placements”

2016
PhD Paper Award:
Winner: Crosby Hipes, University of Maryland, College Park, "Why Does Employment Discrimination Persist against People with Mental Illness: The Roles of Stereotypes, Gender, and Power"

MA Paper Award:
Winner: Daniel Toulson, Catholic University, “Sporting Participation and Interpersonal Trust”

2015
PhD Paper Award:
Winner: Zach Richer, University of Maryland, College Park "Toward a Social Topography: Status as a Spatial Practice"

MA Paper Award:
Winner: Carmen Navarro, George Washington University, "Displacement, Stigma, and Deforestation: The Environmental Destruction of the Rainforest through Development, Progress, and Modernity upon the Brazilian Amazon through Standpoint Theory"

2014
PhD Paper Award:
Winner: Shengwei Sun, University of Maryland, College Park, “Reprivatized Womanhood: Changes in Media’s Framing of Women’s Issues in China, 1995 to 2012″
Professor: Dr. Feinian Chen

MA Paper Award:
Winner: Ahmed Alowfi, American University, “Linking ‘Frame’ to Discourse: The Discursive Configuration of Migrant Worker’s Presence in Saudi Arabia”
Professor: Dr. Randa Bassem Serhan

2013
PhD Paper Awards:
Winner: Mark Gross, University of Maryland – College Park, “Vigilante Violence and ‘Forward Panic’ in Johannesburg’s Townships”
*Honorable Mention: Kathleen E. Denny, University of Maryland – College Park, “Privileging the Privileged: Evaluations of Fathers in the Professional Workplace by Level of Involvement with Children and Race”

MA Paper Awards:
Winner: Erik Kojola, American University, “Class, Power, and Ideology in Media Coverage of the Keystone XL Pipeline”
Honorable Mention: Allison Suppan Helmuth, George Washington University, “Producing Spatial Networks of Exclusion: Parallel Parking in Bloomingdale”

2012
PhD Paper Award:
Winner: Sara B. Moore, George Mason University, "Constructing and Contesting Alternative Knowledge: Midwivery, Gender, and the Struggle for Professional Legitimacy"

MA Paper Award:
Winner: Elise Webb, Catholic University, "European Attititudes toward Romani People: Changes between 1999 and 2008"
 
The Morris Rosenberg Award  
Description The Morris Rosenberg Award is presented at the May Awards Dinner for outstanding sociological achievement during the past three years by any member of DCSS.

Nominations are encouraged for individuals from any career setting, including but not limited to: academics, government service, private research, consulting, retirement and/or independent scholarship.  Achievements may include scholarship, teaching and mentoring, use of sociology in public policy analysis, contributions to professional organizations, advancement of public awareness of sociological practice, leadership in the use of sociological knowledge in non-traditional settings, and related criteria. Organization or academic titles (such as department chair, bureau chief, professor, etc.) are not, in the absence of other accomplishments, viewed as criteria of outstanding achievement.
 
Nomination Process Nominees must be current members of DCSS.  Nominations remain active for three years. Submit your nominations to Dr. Lynda Laughlin, lynda.laughlin@gmail.com.  
Previous Awardees 2017
Dr. John Curtis, Consulting Research

Community-Based Learning Award  
Description The DCSS is pleased to announce that this year it will  be offering a new undergraduate award of Community Service Learning and Research!

This award will honor undergraduate students in sociology who through their experiences as interns, volunteers and researchers are both learning and serving as public sociologists. All undergraduate sociology majors or minors participating in community based learning courses are eligible to submit for this award.

The submission should be in the form of a poster that (1) explains the purpose of the group with which the student has been working and its potential impact in the community, (2) details of the students work and/or research there, and (3) sets the purpose and the students work in the frame of sociological principles.

Posters will be presented at the April Meeting of the DCSS during the opening reception.
 
Nomination Process Students wishing to participate should send a brief proposal describing the CBL course, activity and purpose. Questions and submissions can be sent to Dr. Lynda Laughlin, lynda.laughlin@gmail.com. Please check back often for updated deadlines. The winner will receive a cash award of $100.  
Lifetime Achievement Award  
Description The Society’s Lifetime Achievement is awarded to outstanding sociologists for their important contributions to our profession.  
Nomination Process TBA