Student Awards
2020 Student Paper Awards


What are Research and Interest Groups? Research and Interest Groups (RIGs) reflect the substantive interests of Rural Sociological Society (RSS) members and serve as an important avenue for connecting members with similar interests.  RIGs serve a critical role in RSS including: identifying, developing, and recruiting for the annual RSS conference; planning special events, speakers, field trips for the annual conference; providing intellectual leadership in their respective areas; rewarding achievement through internal awards and recognitions; and creating opportunities for members, particularly graduate students, to network and identify colleagues with similar interests.

General Guidelines for Submitting Student Papers:

Be sure to read carefully the requirements set by each RIG when submitting your paper for consideration for a student paper award.

  • Is authored by a student or students (no faculty co-authors).

  • Authors are members of the Rural Sociological Society.

  • The paper may be under initial review at time of submission to a peer-reviewed journal but cannot be already accepted (in press) or published in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Students may submit the same paper to more than one RIG for consideration but it must have topical relevance and fit the criteria for each RIG. 

  • Students are expected to present their paper at the Annual Meeting.

2020 Student Awards

The next Thesis, Dissertation, and Early Career competition will be held fall of 2020.  The due date for these awards and the Lawrence Busch Graduate Student Research Award on Food and Agriculture will be the second Monday of September.  Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year have closed. Watch this site for details.

To view the 2019 award winners, click here.