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Seymour Sudman Student Paper Award Information/Process

See past Sudman Student Paper Award Winners.

The 52nd Annual Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition Award honors the best student paper presented at the AAPOR annual conference. The award is given as a tribute to Seymour Sudman, in memory of his many contributions to survey methodology, his leadership in the AAPOR community and his teaching and mentoring of students.

To be eligible for the award, students must submit a full paper for review by the Sudman Student Paper Award Committee. Membership in AAPOR is not required to participate in the competition, but applicants are expected to join at the time of the conference. The award committee will consider all papers that relate to the study of public opinion, whether they focus on theory, substantative findings, research methods, and/or statistical techniques used in such research.   

A single prize of $750 will be awarded to the winning paper at the conference and the author(s) of the paper will deliver it at the conference. For a winning paper with one author, AAPOR will reimburse the author's expenses for airfare (up to $500), three nights at the conference hotel, and the conference registration fee. For a winning submission with multiple authors, AAPOR will pay only the above expenses for the primary author (or his/her designee, who must be a co-author) to present the paper. Up to two other papers may receive an Honorable Mention designation with each receiving a $100 cash prize.

Authors must be current students (graduate or undergraduate) at the time of submission, or must have received their degree during the preceding academic year. The research must have been substantially completed while all authors were enrolled in a degree program. AAPOR will give preference to papers based on research not published or presented at the national conference of another organization. A panel of public opinion researchers from AAPOR’s membership, drawn from academic, government and commercial sectors, will judge the papers. 

Students interested in having their papers considered for the 2018 Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition must:

  • Submit a full paper to the award committee by completing the application and submitting a full paper by January 12, 2018.
  • Note that full papers must:
    • Be less than 6,500 words (not including the title page, abstract, tables, references and appendices);
    • Include all information required by the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics & Practices;
    • Include a statement regarding whether the paper has been presented elsewhere, published, or accepted for publication at the time of submission;
    • Include a statement from a faculty advisor attesting to the role that all authors played in conceptualizing the study and writing the paper.

To submit an application visit the award nomination and application page here.