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Awards

The MPSA sponsors many awards for outstanding research presented at the MPSA Conference and one award for the best article published in each volume of the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). Nominations are made by conference chairs, discussants, and section heads after the conference. Award committees select the winning papers. Awards are announced at the MPSA business meeting during the conference the following year.

Section heads, panel chairs, and panel discussants may nominate papers for the following awards. MPSA strongly encourages individuals with section or panel responsibilities to nominate papers from their panels for consideration. Nominations were due by July 1, 2014.

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  • AJPS Best Article Award.A $1,000 award for the best article appearing in the volume of the American Journal of Political Science published in the year preceding the conference. All published articles in this timeframe will be considered.
  • Sponsored - Best Paper in Comparative Policy Award. A $500 award sponsored by the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice (JCPA) and International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum for the best paper in comparative policy. The winner(s) may submit their paper to JCPA for an expedited triple blind-fold review process. 
  • Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar. A $250 award for the best paper, regardless of field or topic, by a scholar or scholars who has or have received the terminal degree(s) within six years of the year in which the paper was presented.   
  • Best Paper in International Relations. A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of international relations.   
  • Best Paper Presented in a Poster Format. A $250 award for the best paper presented in a poster format.   
  • Best Undergraduate Paper Presented in a Poster Format. A $250 award for the best paper presented in a poster format by an undergraduate.  
  • Herbert Simon Award. A $500 award for a scholar who has made a significant contribution to the scientific study of bureaucracy.  Submissions are handled by the Midwest Caucus on Policy Administration.
  • Kellogg/Notre Dame Award. A $250 award for the best paper in comparative politics.  
  • Lucius Barker Award. A $250 award for the best paper on a topic investigating race or ethnicity and politics and honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker. 
  • Patrick J. Fett Award. A $250 award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency.   
  • Sponsored - Pi Sigma Alpha Award. A $250 award for the best paper presented at the MPSA Annual National Conference. Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.  
  • Sponsored - Review of Politics Award. A $250 award for the best paper in normative political theory.   
  • Robert H. Durr Award. A $250 award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem.  
  • Sophonisba Breckinridge Award. A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of women and politics. 
  • Westview Press Award. A $250 award sponsored by Westview Press for best paper by delivered by a graduate student.