The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) and the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) request submissions to be considered for the Janet A. Harkness Student Paper Award, as part of the program for WAPOR’s annual conference in 2019. This award is given in memory of Dr. Harkness, distinguished cross-cultural survey methodologist, who passed away in 2012.
Paper topics must be related to the study of multi-national/multi-cultural/multi-lingual survey research (aka 3M survey research), or to the theory and methods of 3M survey research, including statistics and statistical techniques used in such research. Paper topics might include: (a) methodological and/or statistical issues in 3M surveys; (b) public opinion in 3M settings; (c) theoretical issues in the formation, quality, or change in 3M public opinion; and/or (d) substantive findings about 3M public opinion.
An award of $750 will be given to the winning paper at the WAPOR annual conference, which will be held May 19-21, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. The lead author of the paper will deliver it as part of the conference program. In addition to the award, the conference registration fee will be waived and a travel stipend to the meeting for one author will be generously subsidized by the Harkness Award Fund administered by WAPOR. In addition, one or more papers may receive an Honorable Mention designation.
Eligibility. All authors of any submission must be current students (graduate or undergraduate) at the time of the submission or must have received their degree during the 2018 calendar year. The research must have been substantially completed while all authors were enrolled in a degree program. Judges will give preference to papers based on research not presented elsewhere or previously published.
1. Submit your full paper to the award committee (send email to: BradEdwards@westat.com) by January 18, 2019.
Entries are typically 15-25 pages long (not including the title page, abstract, tables, references and appendices).
2. Each submission must include a cover page that includes:
a. Each author’s name, telephone number and email address;
b. Explains why all authors meet the eligibility criteria;
c. States whether the paper has been presented elsewhere, published, or accepted for publication at the time of
3. Also, by the deadline, a faculty advisor will need to email the award committee chair, attesting to the role that all
authors played in conceptualizing the study and writing the paper.
Judging. A panel of researchers from WAPOR’s and AAPOR’s memberships–drawn from the academic, government, and commercial sectors–will judge submissions. Competitors will be notified by Friday, February 22, 2019. The committee reserves the right not to give an award.