Natural Resources Research and Interest Group Paper Awards

The Natural Resources Research and Interest Group is hosting three awards.  Submissions for all of them are due by May 4th.  The awards are listed below.

NRRIG Graduate Student Paper Award

The Natural Resources Research Group (NRRIG) of the Rural Sociological Society is soliciting submissions for a graduate student paper award in the area environmental or natural resources sociology. The paper should be related to the broad interests of the NRRIG.

NRRIG Graduate Student Travel Scholarship

The NRRIG Graduate Student Travel Scholarship is intended to support graduate student participation at the RSS annual meetings. The recipient will be reimbursed for the student (member) registration cost for the RSS annual meeting ($125).

NRRIG William R. Freudenburg Award of Merit.

The William R. Freudenburg Award of Merit is presented to recognize exceptional contributions to the sociology of natural resources and the environment. The award is given to recognize an outstanding legacy / collective body of work that has demonstrably impacted natural resources and environmental sociology.

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Count on Stats

The Issue                                                 

General distrust in the federal government—and high-level attacks against government data, specifically—pose a threat to the federal statistical system, which generates data informing decision makers from Wall Street to Main Street to the halls of Congress and beyond. Without federal agencies’ data collection and analysis, we would not have key insights into public health, economic trends, community issues, public safety, the environment, or countless other facets that are vital to our society.

The Campaign

The American Statistical Association (ASA), in partnership with other organizations in the statistical community, is defending the system and its important work through a public outreach initiative to enhance awareness of the importance, reliability, and trustworthiness of government data. Count on Stats is designed to elevate the public discourse about government data and the value of the system.

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New Publications from ASA

Emancipatory Empiricism: The Rural Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois

by Joseph Jakubek and Spencer D. Wood (Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, January 2018)

In this article, the authors discuss W.E.B. Du Bois' contributions to rural sociology, focusing specifically on his discussions of rural communities and the structure of agriculture.  The authors frame his research agenda as an emancipatory empiricism and discuss the ways his rural research is primarily focused on social justice and the social progress of Black communities in rural spaces.  Du Bois' empirical research, funded by the Department of Labor from 1898 to 1905, provides evidence that Du Bois was among the first American Sociologists to conduct empirical agrarian analyses and case studies of rural communities.

Income Segregation between School Districts and Inequality in Students' Achievement

by Ann Owens (Sociology of Education, January 2018)

Large achievement gaps exist between high- and low-income students and between black and white students. This article explores one explanation for such gaps: income segregation between school districts, which creates inequality in the economic and social resources available in advantaged and disadvantaged students’ school contexts. Drawing on national data, I find that the income achievement gap is larger in highly segregated metropolitan areas. This is due mainly to high-income students performing better, rather than low income children performing worse, in more-segregated places.

Featured Essay: Sociology and Journalism: A Comparative Analysis 

by Herbert J. Gans (Contemporary Sociology, January 2018)

Sociological researchers and journalists both study society and write or film reports about their findings, but they are not particularly fond of each other. Many sociologists disparage and even dismiss the work of journalists and, equally important, of fellow sociologists they consider to be journalists.

These papers were brought to our attention courtesy of Neal Flora.

Population Research Interest Group Graduate Student Paper Award

Rural Sociological Society

Population Research Interest Group Graduate Student Paper Award

The Population Research Interest Group (RIG) of the Rural Sociological Society is soliciting submissions for a graduate student paper award in the areas of rural demography and population studies. The RIG takes a broad view on acceptable topics as long a rural population characteristics factor prominently in the research.

Eligibility: Current graduate students and recent graduates (who receive their degrees no earlier than May 2018) may apply. Coauthored papers are acceptable as long as all of the authors were students at the time the paper was written and submitted. Coauthored papers with individuals possessing their terminal degree prior to May 2018 will not be considered.

Award: The recipient will receive a monetary prize of at least $200 (final budget TBD) to help defray the cost of attending the 2018 RSS Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon (July 26-29, 2018). The recipient will also be recognized at the Population RIG business meeting.

Submission Guidelines: Follow two steps: 1) Submit an abstract to present the paper at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (due Friday, February 1, 2018, 11:59 pm EST). 2) Send an electronic copy of the full paper with contact information to the RIG co-chair Tim Slack ( by Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST

Format: The paper submission should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (including all tables, graphs, and references) in a standard font (12 point). The winner will be selected by a committee of RIG members and receive their award at the RSS Annual Meeting. The winner will be notified via email by June 1, 2018.   

Ronald Wimberley Paper Competition

Rural Sociological Society Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group Ronald Wimberley Student Paper Competition Submission Deadline: Friday, May 4th, 2018

The Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group (RIG) is proud to announce the fifth annual Ronald Wimberley student paper competition designed to encourage and support graduate and undergraduate student research on rural communities. The call for papers is open to a wide range of topics in keeping with the spirit of the award’s namesake, Ronald Wimberley. Emphasis should be placed on the improvement of the quality-of-life in rural communities. Preference will be given to those papers that make a strong contribution to our understanding of rural community life and health. How are rural communities adapting to challenges brought about by scientific changes, economic transformation, or health needs?

Graduate Paper Competition: Papers submitted for the graduate student paper competition will be held to a high standard with respect to the level of scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 20-30 pages and should include a relevant review of the literature, original analysis, a clear discussion and set of conclusions, complete references, and be written at a professional level.

Undergraduate Paper Competition: Papers submitted for the undergraduate student paper competition will be similarly held to a high standard appropriate to the level of undergraduate scholarship. The length of the paper should range from 10-20 pages and should include a relevant literature review with complete references that is clearly and legibly written. Papers that include original analyses will be rated higher, but this is not a requirement for submission.

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