Deadline: 1/31/20

The Sociology and Social Welfare Division (SSWD) announces its 2020 Graduate Student Paper Competition for papers that advance our understanding of issues related to sociology and social welfare. While papers may explore and analyze any social welfare policy or institution along with any dimension of interest, please note, our division’s mission is to develop and promote an understanding of and knowledge about the social institutions, structures and processes that create and perpetuate inequality, exclusion and oppression. Qualitative and quantitative empirical analyses and theoretical papers are welcome.To be eligible for submission, papers must be: 1) written between January 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 and not yet published or submitted for scholarly review; 2) authored by one or more graduate students and not co-authored by any faculty or non-student colleagues; 3) 25 pages or less, including references and tables; and 4) accompanied by a letter/e-mail from a faculty member at the student’s university nominating the paper for the competition; and received by the deadline of JANUARY 31, 2020.

In addition to submitting the above materials, to be considered for the award, students are required to submit their papers to the 2020 SSSP conference, preferably to a Sociology and Social Welfare Division sponsored paper session, through the annual meeting Call for Papers by 1/31/20. The author must make a commitment to present the paper during SSSP annual meeting in August 2020 in San Francisco. Submission of the same paper to other SSSP award competitions will disqualify the submission.

Send a copy of your paper and the faculty nomination letter as e-mail attachments to: Dr. Ethan Evans (, Division Chair, Sociology and Social Welfare Division, California State University, Sacramento. The 2020 SSWD competition winner will receive a cash prize of $150 from the Division, one honorary plaque, and payment of one 2020 SSSP membership dues and conference registration.