ACPA’s Commission for Professional Preparation is excited to invite submissions for our Graduate Student Research and Writing Awards.
Graduate Student Research and Writing Awards
Each year, the Professional Preparation Commission acknowledges the outstanding scholarship of graduate students in higher education and student affairs programs through the presentation of research and writing awards. We are pleased to announce the criteria, application process, and deadline for this year’s awards process. Recipients will be recognized at the annual ACPA National Convention.
The purpose of these awards is to honor the writing and research of students enrolled (and those who earned their degrees between March 2021 – August 2022) in graduate preparation programs in student affairs or higher education. Graduate students need not be a member of ACPA to apply for a writing award, although it is highly encouraged that graduate students join the Association. The deadline for submissions is November 1. Submissions can be entered through the electronic submission form.
Prepare your entry as follows:
- Entries for all awards must be submitted electronically. Please limit your submission to only one award per award cycle.
- Save as an MSWord or PDF document. Submissions must name files with the first few words of the award name and title of the submission. For example: Crookston Student Campus Climate. Your name or institutional affiliation should not appear anywhere on the document. Entries will be masked for anonymous review.
- Submit your entry via the designated online form.
- Directions for submission: After selecting “Professional Preparation” from the dropdown box on the main submission page, click the specific award for which you are applying. Fill in your own information under the “Person/Group being Nominated: Individual, Institution, or Group” (you do not need to complete the top half of the form under “Nominator” since all of our CPP awards are self-nominated). Under “Upload Nomination Letter and Other Materials,” upload materials for your specific award (you do not need a nomination letter for CPP awards).
- The deadline for entries is November 1, 2022. Please note that late submissions will not be considered.
Entries not prepared in this manner will not be considered for an award. The reviewers reserve the right to make no award in any category.
Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award
This award recognizes research by a doctoral student or students which must entail original, journal-quality, research that brings greater understanding to the learning or development of students or the organization and administration of student affairs practice. Submissions should not exceed 7,500 words (approximately 30 double-spaced pages), including references, tables, and figures. All writing must strictly conform to the American Psychological Association 7th edition style manual. Content and style should be appropriate for a professional journal in higher education.
Gerald Saddlemire Master’s Research Award
Submissions must be from students in a Master’s student affairs graduate preparation program (or someone who graduated December 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022). Submissions must entail original, journal quality research that gives insight into the learning or development of students or the organization and administration of student affairs practice. Submissions must not exceed 3,500 words (approximately 15 double-spaced pages), including references, tables, and figures. All writing must strictly conform to the American Psychological Association 7th edition style manual. Content and style should be appropriate for a professional journal in higher education.