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Thursday, November 18, 2010



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 rural children. The Rural Ed SIG seeks nominations for its 9th Dissertation of the Year Award. The winner of the award will be recognized at the Rural SIG reception at the Annual AERA Meeting in April 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Eligibility: Doctoral dissertations completed between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2010.

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 January 15, 2011 to the Award Committee Chair. Materials submitted become the property of the awards committee and cannot be returned to the author or nominator.

Please share this announcement with your colleagues and students!

Award Committee Chair
Caitlin Howley
300 Summers Street, Suite 600
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

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