Graduate Student Paper Session and Paper of Distinction Award

Rules for the Graduate Student Paper Session

Students interested in participating in this session should submit an abstract of their research to MSSA Vice President Dr. Patricia Gleich (  Students will be grouped in a session with other graduate student presenters.

Students presenting in this session will receive feedback from the Graduate Student Paper Committee.

Rules for the Paper of Distinction Award Process

Papers may be submitted directly by the graduate student or nominated by faculty, accompanied by a cover letter requesting consideration for the Graduate Student Paper of Distinction Award and assuring that the paper will be completed by September 15, in order to be reviewed by the committee. The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, telephone number, and email address of the author(s).

The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 25 double-spaced pages of text, not counting abstract, references, tables, and figures.

Papers may be co-authored with a maximum of three graduate student authors and may not include faculty.

Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for this competition.

Papers submitted for the award will be evaluated by a committee of academic scholars and members of Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. Evaluation will be based on originality and contribution or potential contribution to the discipline, and scored on the following elements:

  • Thesis Statement/Main Idea/Research Question
  • Sociological Theory Foundation
  • Organizational Structure and Coherence
  • Literature Review
  • Research Methods (as appropriate)
  • Trustworthiness
  • Use of Relevant Evidence
  • Findings
  • Citations
  • Technical writing

Abstracts and papers should be submitted as a Word or PDF document by email to: MSSA Vice President Dr. Patricia Gleich (

If you have any questions regarding the competition, please feel free to contact Dr. Gleich at the email address above.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty guidance prior to submission of papers.

It is the responsibility of the submitter to provide a paper that is readable, in one of the formats noted above.


Contact MSSA:
Tina Hebert Deshotels, President