Student Paper Competition


DC-AAPOR invites entries to its 16th Annual Student Paper Competition. The competition is intended to recognize excellence in scholarly research by area students and to encourage active student participation in the chapter. The deadline for papers for the 2019 competition will be announced later this year.

a) Criteria
DC-AAPOR welcomes papers in any field related to the study of public opinion, broadly defined, including research on (a) theoretical issues in the formation and change of public opinion, (b) the theory and methods of survey or market research, and (c) the use of statistical techniques in the design, adjustment, or analysis of survey data. Papers are expected to the length of typical journal manuscripts (i.e., approximately 15 to 25 pages), and will be judged based on the quality of research design, originality, significance, organization, and presentation. Previous award winners and honorable mentions are listed on theĀ Student Paper Competition results page.

b) Eligibility
The competition is open to all current graduate and undergraduate students, and to those who have received their degree within the last calendar year. Therefore, submitted work may be from the current or previous academic year. Faculty co-authors are acceptable, with the stipulation that an eligible student must be first author. Eligibility is limited to students attending or graduated from an accredited college or university in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington, DC, or to students whose primary residence is in one of those areas. Previous membership in DC-AAPOR is not required, but non-members must become members in order to be eligible. Submitted papers may not have been published or presented elsewhere.

c) Award
The author(s) of the winning paper will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000. For multiple student authors on a winning paper, the award will be divided among the eligible authors. Additionally, the author(s) of the winning paper will be awarded a guaranteed spot on the Conference Program to present their paper at the 2020 Annual AAPOR Conference.

d) Review Committee
The winning paper and honorable mentions will be selected by a review committee composed of this year and next year’s DC-AAPOR executive council members.

e) Submission
Please send your paper via email to Heather Ridolfo ( The winner will be announced at the DC-AAPOR Holiday Party.