Top Paper and Top Poster Awards


  • Top Conference Paper: All authors whose abstracts have been accepted for paper presentation may submit complete papers to be considered for the top conference paper award.

Students and early career scholars may identify their papers for category-specific awards:

  • Top Student Paper: Students should be at the master’s or doctoral level. Student papers may have multiple authors, but all authors must be students (i.e., no faculty co-authors).

  • Top Early Career Scholar/Scholar-led Paper: Early career scholars should be post-doctoral fellows/scholars or researchers who have received their Ph.D. within the last five years. Early career scholar papers may be single authored or have co-authors, as long as the first author is an early career scholar.

Papers should follow APA 6th edition format and be between 10 and 25 pages of text (exclusive of title page, abstract, references, and tables/figures). As applicable, indicate “Student Paper” or “Early Career Scholar Paper” clearly on the title page of the paper. The authors of top papers will be recognized in the program and will receive a plaque. To be considered for an award, submit completed papers to by Friday, February 9, 2018, by 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Top Poster Awards: Abstracts that are accepted as poster presentations are eligible to receive top poster awards. Evaluation criteria include quality of scholarship, clarity of presentation, and visual appeal. To be considered for an award, submit the poster in PDF form to by Sunday, April 8, 2018, by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.