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MSA GRADUATE 
STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION
Oliver C. Cox Graduate Student Paper Competition*
Sponsored by the Missouri Sociological
Association (MSA)

Program Overview:
The Missouri Sociological Association promotes out
standing scholarship among graduate sociology students by sponsoring the annual paper competition. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meetings of the MSA. 

First prize for papers is $100 and $50 for second prize. If the entrants are too few for legitimate competition, the MSA reserves the right to reduce the number of winners.

Eligibility:
The competition is open to graduate students who have written a paper between September 2016, and the contest deadline (October 7, 2017), while enrolled in a college or university in Missouri. Students from other states and from foreign countries who are members of the Missouri Sociological Association are also eligible.

Judging Criteria:
Entries will be judged on: style, clarity, professionalism, originality, relevance, critical thinking, contribution to the discipline, and overall presentation. Papers may be co-authored by students, but not by students and faculty. Any award money will be given only to the lead author. The Judging Committee reserves the right to make awards in each or none of the categories, depending upon how the papers  meet the competition requirements. Papers will not be returned; all contributors will be notified of the outcome of the competition.

Winners will be announced at the Annual meeting
and will be posted on the MSA website.

All applicants are invited to attend the MSA Annual Meeting,
which will be October in Jefferson City, MO
.
All attendees will need to complete the conference registration form on the MSA webpage. Winners are expected to attend both days of the meeting, and will be invited to read a brief review of their papers . The winning papers will be posted on the website of the official MSA journal, Application Instructions: Electronic versions of papers should be emailed to cwebster@stchas.edu .

The email should include the paper, cover letter, and letter from the faculty sponsor. Please include contact information for the student as well as for the faculty sponsor.

Paper Requirements:
Papers must be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages in length, not counting the cover sheet, an abstract, tables, figures, and references. The name and institutional affiliation of the author must not appear on the pages of the text. The title of the paper, however, must be  repeated at the top of the first page of the text .

Papers may deal with any topic in sociology, whether a theoretical analysis, an empirical study, an ethnography, or a critical review of a body of literature. Papers in social and/or cultural anthropology are eligible for consideration. Any standard footnoting method is
acceptable as long as used consistently.

*In honor of Missouri sociologist Oliver Cromwell Cox, 1901-1974


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MSA UNDERGRADUATE 
STUDENT PAPER /POSTER COMPETITION
The Alvin Gouldner Undergraduate Student Paper Competition*
Sponsored by the Missouri Sociological Association (MSA)
Program Overview: 
The Missouri Sociological Association promotes outstanding scholarship among under graduate sociology students by sponsoring the annual paper /poster competition. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meetings of the MSA. 
First prize for papers is $50 and $25 for second prize. There will be a $25 prize for the winning poster. 
If the entrants are too few for legitimate competition, the MSA reserves the right to reduce the number of winners. 
Applicants may enter research in both the paper and poster competition, but no student may receive more than one award per year in the Paper/Poster Competition. Applicants may submit no more than one paper and one poster. If you are judged among the finalists in both categories, you will only receive the award for the category in which you placed highest.
Eligibility: 
The competition is open to undergraduate students who have written a paper or created a poster in the year prior to the October conference. Student must be enrolled in a college or university in Missouri. Students from other states and from foreign countries who are members of the Missouri Sociological Association are also eligible. While student must have been undergraduates at the time the paper was written, it is not necessary that they still be undergraduates at the time the paper is submitted to the competition.
Judging Criteria: 
Entries will be judged on: style, clarity, professionalism, originality, relevance, contribution to the discipline, and overall presentation. Papers may be co-authored by students, but not by students and faculty. Any award money will be given only to the lead author. The Judging Committee reserves the right to make awards in each or none of the categories, depending upon how the papers meet the competition requirements. Papers/poster abstracts will not be returned; all contributors will be notified of the outcome of the competition. Winners will be announced at the Annual meeting and will be posted on the MSA website.
All applicants are invited to attend the MSA Annual Meeting, which will is always the 3rd weekend in October in Jefferson City, MO. All attendees will need to complete the conference registration form on the MSA webpage. 
Winners are expected to attend both days of the meeting, and will be invited to read a brief review of their papers. The winning papers will be posted on the website of the official MSA journal, 
Application Instructions: 
Electronic versions of papers should be emailed to cwebster@stchas.edu . The email should include the paper, cover letter, and letter from the faculty sponsor. 
Please include contact information for the student as well as for the faculty sponsor.
Paper Requirements: 
Papers must be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages in length, not counting the cover sheet, an abstract, tables, figures, and references. The name and institutional affiliation of the author must not appear on the pages of the text. The title of the paper, however, must be repeated at the top of the first page of the text. 
Papers may deal with any topic in sociology, whether a theoretical analysis, an empirical study, an ethnography, or a critical review of a body of literature. Papers in social and/or cultural anthropology are eligible for consideration. Any standard footnoting method is acceptable as long as used consistently.
Poster Requirements: 
Posters should not exceed 48”(w) by 72” (h) in dimension. Winners presenting posters at the Annual Meeting will need to bring any supplies needed to put up posters.
*In honor of Missouri sociologist Alvin Gouldner, 1920 -1980
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MSA wishes to support up and coming Sociologists.

Send us your sociology papers  and projects.


If you can answer yes to any of the following questions MSA is for you!


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Are you looking for leadership opportunities?


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Will you be the next Karl Marx or Patricia Hill Collins?


The task for sociology is to come to the help of the individual. We have to be in service of freedom. It is something we have lost sight of.

Zygmunt Bauman