Awards for Graduate Student Papers

Research and exploration is an ongoing process for undergraduate and graduate students. The need to research unexplored areas and to provide a means by which the results of this research can be made accessible to the learned and novice will never cease. The Southwest-Texas chapters of the Popular Pulture Association (PCA) and the American Culture Association (ACA) are two mediums by which these research findings can be shared. Both associations - founded by Peter Rollins, a professor at Oklahoma State University, with the help of Michael K. Schoenecke, a professor at Texas Tech University - are regional affiliates of the national chapters of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association.

Since 1979, the regional associations of the Southwest-Texas PCA/ACA have met annually, in either Oklahoma, Texas, or New Mexico to share and collect research findings and to promote participation by professors and graduate students. The regional associations invite scholars of literature, arts and architecture, cultural geography and anthropology, and film and television to share their perspectives on American life in the Southwest. Professors and students have been encouraged to take their presentations/papers to the national meetings. In an effort to encourage graduate student participation and to feature excellent works by young scholars, the associations award several prizes for best papers by graduate students at the regional meetings.

NOTE: Graduate students may submit to one award. In addition, those submitting for awards must be registered to attend the conference and must present the paper at the conference to receive an award, if chosen. All who submit to our awards should plan to attend the Keynote Luncheon, where awards will be presented. Winners will not be
pre-notified. We take great pride in presenting these awards and expect all those submitting to our awards to be present at the luncheon.

Don't forget to apply for the Heldrich-Dvorak Fellowships that can defray some of the travel costs for graduate students.

The ABQ Convention and Visitors Bureau Award for Southwestern Culture

A $500 award will be presented at the conference for the best graduate essay focusing on Southwestern culture with particular emphasis on food culture, Route 66, Native American cultures of the region, Southwestern art, or Southwestern focused collections and collectibles. The 2009 winner must be present at the conference to receive the award.

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

Submit papers to ABQCVB Award Coordinator as a Word attachment:

ABQCVB Award Coordinator
Dr. Ken Dvorak
P.O. Box 34414
Houston, TX 77234-4414
Phone: 281.455.3289
Fax: 281.455.3289
pcaacaswtx@sbcglobal.net

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Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing

The Jerry Bradley Award (Bradley Award) is presented to the graduate student who writes the best creative writing prepared for a SW/TX PCA meeting. The award includes a prize of $200. Students should submit either one short story or two poems (two copies) that will be read at the conference. (Do not submit entries via email.)

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

To submit papers for the Bradley Award, contact:

Professor Jill Patterson
English Department Box 43091
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091

Phone: 806.742.2500 Ext. 249
jill.patterson@ttu.edu

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Phyllis Bridges Award for Biography

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate essay in the field of biography studies. The award includes a prize of $200. Papers should be 15-20 pages in length, using MLA or Chicago Style format. Submissions should also include a 200-word abstract. Electronic submission is encouraged (send document as a Word file to the judge).

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

To submit papers for the Bridges Award, contact:

Melinda McBee
Grayson County College
1212 Mistywood Lane
Denton, TX 76209-1138
mcbee58@verizon.net

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Charles Redd Center Award for Western Studies

The Charles Redd Center Award for Western Studies is presented to the graduate student with the best paper dealing with a Western studies issue from a variety of academic disciplines including history, geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, literature, art, folklore, and popular culture. Particularly welcome are papers centering themselves on the Intermountain West (defined as the states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico).

With appreciation from the SW/TX PCA/ACA, this is award is sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. Visit the Center online at: http://fhss.byu.edu/reddcent/index.htm

The Redd Center Award includes a prize of $300 and a Redd Center Award plaque. Papers should be 15-25 pages long in MLA or comparable format and should include a 200-word abstract.

All graduate students registered with papers accepted for the SW/TX PCA/ACA conference are eligible to submit. Previous winners are also eligible and are encouraged to submit new works.

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

Submit papers electronically as Word or WordPerfect attachments to the Award Coordinator noted below. You may also send a print version if you cannot send your paper electronically.

Redd Center Award Coordinator
Dr. Dennis Cutchins
English Department
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Phone: 801.422.9042

dennis_cutchins@byu.edu

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Lawrence Clayton Award for Texas Culture

The Lawrence Clayton Award is presented to the graduate student with the best paper on Texas Culture written for a SW/TX PCA/ACA meeting. The award includes a prize of $200.

Papers should be 15-20 pages long, in MLA format, and include a 200-word abstract.

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

To submit papers for the Clayton Award, contact:

Dr. Kenneth W. Davis
5302 31st Street
Lubbock, Tx 79407-3518
kdavis32@aol.com

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Diana Cox Award for Images of Women

The Diana Cox Award is presented to the graduate student with the best papers on images of women in popular culture. The award includes a prize of $100. Papers should be 12-15 pages long, in MLA format, and include a 200-word abstract.

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

To submit papers for the Cox Award, contact:

Monica Ganas
pcaacaswtx@sbcglobal.net

Note: All papers received prior to January 10th were forwarded to our new judge for this year.

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Kenneth Davis Award for Folklore Studies

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate essay in the field of folklore studies. The award includes a prize of $200. Papers should be 15-20 pages in length, using MLA or Chicago Style format. Submissions should also include a 200-word abstract. Electronic submission is encouraged (send document as a Word file to the judges).

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

To submit papers for the Davis award, contact:

Prof. Steve Davis
Southwestern Writers Collection
Alkek Library
Texas State U.—San Marcos
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512.245.9180 (Fax x7431)
sdavis@txstate.edu
Dr. Christopher Smith
Music History and Literature
Director, Vernacular Music Center
Texas Tech University School of Music Mailstop 2033
Lubbock, TX 79409-2033
Phone: 806.742.2270 ext. 249
christopher.smith@ttu.edu

 

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Euro Pop Award for European Cultural Issue

The Europ Pop Award is presented to the graduate student with the best presentation about a topic on European popular culture. The award includes a prize of $200. Papers should be 12-15 pages long, in MLA format, and include a 200-word abstract.

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

To submit papers for the Euro Pop Award, email the paper in Word format to the following judge:

Jack J. Hutchens
jackhutchens@yahoo.com

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Peter C. Rollins Award for Popular Culture Issue

The Peter C. Rollins Award (Rollins Award) is presented to the graduate student with the best presentation dealing with a popular culture issue. The award includes a prize of $200 and, as Dr. Rollins says, “Kudos from the Association.” Papers should be 15-25 pages long in MLA or comparable format and should include a 200-word abstract. Previous winners are eligible and are encouraged to submit new works.

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10, 2009.

Submit papers electronically as Word or WordPerfect attachments to the judge. You may also send a print version if you cannot send your paper electronically.

Dr. Phil Heldrich
P.O. Box 34414
Houston, Texas 77234
pcaacaswtx@sbcglobal.net

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Michael K. Schoenecke Award for American Culture

The Michael K. Schoenecke Award is presented to the graduate student with the best American culture presentation. The award includes a prize of $200.

Papers should be 15-25 pages long, in MLA or comparable format, and include a 200-word abstract. Previous winners are eligible and encouraged to submit new works.

The deadline for receipt of papers is January 10 , 2009.

To submit papers for the Schoenecke Award, contact:

Dr. Diana Cox
4 Fairway Drive
Canyon, Texas 79015
drcox@arn.net

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