2018 MAPOR Fellows Student Paper Competition

43rd Annual Conference of the

Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research

November 16-17, 2018

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown, 600 N. State Street

The Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research invites eligible students to enter the association’s MAPOR Fellows Student Paper Competition. Two winning papers, one in public opinion and the other in survey research methodology, will receive an award of $200, one free conference registration and one free ticket to the Friday MAPOR luncheon. The winning papers also will be accepted for presentation during a session at the May 2019 AAPOR conference in Toronto, Canada.

See past winners here.



For the purposes of this competition, a student is someone enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at the time of the conference. A paper authored by more than one person is considered a student paper only if all authors are students according to the above definition. Students need not be members of MAPOR.

The topic of the paper must fall under one or both of MAPOR’s general areas of scholarship, which are (1) public opinion and (2) research methods in public opinion research. When submitting, the author(s) must indicate the topic for which the paper should be considered. The papers need not be quantitative nor must they report data in order to qualify for consideration in this competition. Each student can submit only one paper to the competition.



1. Submit an abstract to the MAPOR conference at mapor.org/AbstractSubmission. In addition to a title and abstract, you will be asked to provide the name, institutional affiliation, and email address for all authors. References are not required, and exemplar abstracts are featured in the abstract submission site. Abstracts can be submitted until 11:59pm CDT on Friday, Saturday 30, 2018. Students must provide the name and e-mail address of a faculty mentor when submitting their abstract.

2. Students whose papers have been accepted for the 2018 conference can have their papers considered for MAPOR’s Fellows Student Paper Competition. Full papers must be sent in Word format to John Stevenson (stevenso@ssc.wisc.edu) by 11:59pm CDT, September 15, 2018. All papers are capped at 6,500 words (minus title page, abstract, tables, references, and appendices) and must include all information described on page 2 (under the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics & Practices). All papers must be fully blinded, and the email accompanying the submission must include: (1) the names and email addresses of all authors; (2) the USPS address, phone number, and email address of the contact author; and (3) the name and email address of the faculty sponsor for the paper. Faculty sponsors are required to send a brief endorsement (25 words or fewer) directly to John Stevenson by the deadline.

A committee composed of MAPOR Fellows will judge all papers submitted to the competition. Winners will be announced at the Friday Awards Session.

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