The Peter K. New Student Prize
The Competition is open to any person who was registered as a student at the graduate or undergraduate level in a college or university during the most recent calendar year. An eligible student is one who does not have a previously-earned doctoral degree. For example, a person with an M.D. degree who is registered as a student in a Ph.D. program is not eligible, and vice versa.
To be eligible, the manuscript should report on research that in large measure has not been previously published. The competition will be limited to manuscripts that have a single author; multiple-authored papers will not be eligible.
The winner of the Competition must be available to attend the annual meeting of the Society and present the paper. The winner is also expected to submit the paper to our journal, Human Organization, for review and possible publication. Students who have previously won either first or second place in the Peter K. New Competition are not eligible in subsequent years.
The paper should be double-spaced and must be less than 45 pages in length (this includes footnotes, tables, and appendices). Please note that papers longer than the 45 page limit will not be forwarded to the judges. The paper should conform to the guidelines of conventional style manuals. Electronic submissions are encouraged at:
The research and the paper should use the social/behavioral sciences to address in an applied fashion an issue or question in the domain (broadly construed) of health care or human services.
All submissions must be received in the Business Office of the Society by December 31. The judging for the Competition will begin in January. The winner will be announced in early February. The winner will be recognized and the paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society.
The papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following general criteria:
- Research design/method
- Clarity of analysis and presentation
- Contribution to the social/behavioral sciences
The winner of the Competition will receive a cash prize of $2,000 as well as a sum of $350 to partially offset the cost of transportation and lodging at the annual meeting of the Society. In addition, the winner will also receive a Baccarat crystal trophy. Depending on the quality of the submissions, the jurors may elect to award a second and third place prize.
Several winning manuscripts from previous years have been published. Potential applicants may wish to review these articles.
Devon D. Brewer, "Hip Hop Graffiti Writers’ Evaluations of Strategies to Control Illegal Graffiti," Human Organization, volume 51, #2 (Summer, 1992), pp. 188-196. First Prize Winner, 1991.
Elizabeth L. Krause, "The Looking Glass of Historic Preservation in Micronesia: A Reflection of Modernization and Changing Values," Human Organization, volume 51, #2 (Summer, 1992), pp. 197-201. Second Prize Winner, 1991.
Nancy Romero-Daza, "Multiple Sexual Partners, Migrant Labor and the Makings of an Epidemic," Human Organization, volume 53, #2 (Summer, 1994) pp. 192-205. First Prize Winner, 1993.
Peter Hessler, "Sikestown: An Ethnography of a Town and Its Youth," Human Organization, volume 52, #3 (Fall, 1993), pp. 316-324. Second Prize Winner, 1992.
Gery W. Ryan , "Can We Predict What Mothers Do: Modeling Childhood Diarrhea in Rural Mexico," Human Organization, volume 55, #1 (Spring, 1996), pp. 47-57. First Prize Winner, 1992.
Sandy Smith-Nonini, "Primary Health Care and its Unfulfilled Promise of Community Participation: Lessons from a Salvadoran War Zone," Human Organization, volume 56, #3 (Fall, 1997) pp. 364-374. First Prize Winner, 1995.
Melissa A. Checker, "‘It’s In the Air’: Redefining the Environment as a New Metaphor for Old Social Justice Struggles," Human Organization, volume 61, #1 (Spring, 2002) pp. 94-105. First Prize Winner, 1999.
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