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Monday, December 10, 2007


Dissertation of the Year Annoucement

Call for Nominations

Dissertation Award in Rural Education

Sponsored by

the American Educational Research Association

Special Interest Group in Rural Education

Fully one-quarter of American schoolchildren live in rural communities. The AERA SIG in Rural Education seeks to promote and recognize rigorous research among new scholars that can influence policy and practice to improve the educational lives of these children. The Rural Ed SIG seeks nominations for its 6th Dissertation of the Year Award. The winner of the award will be recognized at the Rural SIG reception at the Annual AERA Meeting in late March, 2008 in New York City.

Eligibility: Doctoral dissertations completed between September 1, 2005 and August 31, 2007.

The awards committee will accept nominations from any research tradition in education, sociology, history, and other fields, and in which the rural context is prominent in the conception, research design, execution, conclusions, and recommendations (if any). Dissertations in which the word rural is uncommon are not likely to qualify to be judged. Authors are encouraged to nominate their own works; nomination by another scholar is unnecessary and it is not considered a substantive advantage.

The nomination must include the dissertation author’s current contact information (postal address, phone, email address, current work affiliation, and webpage if any) and the nominee's contact information (if not a self-nomination). In addition, the nomination must provide the name of institution, the relevant academic department, and exact date of the dissertation defense at which the study was accepted.

Please send nominations, an unbound copy of the complete dissertation (title page, text, abstract, reference list) and an electronic version on a CD-ROM by February 15, 2008 to the Award Committee Chair. Materials submitted become the property of the awards committee and cannot be returned to the author or nominator.

Paul Theobald
Caudell Hall 110
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

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