SRA Biennial Meeting Awards

SRA Awards History

Three major awards are presented at each SRA Biennial Meeting: the Hershel D. Thornburg Dissertation Award, the John P. Hill Memorial Award, and the Early Career Research Award. Qualifications and nomination procedures for each of these awards are now available and posted below. The nominations for these awards are reviewed by the SRA Awards Committee, and the recipients are announced at each SRA Biennial Meeting.

In addition, Social Policy Publication Awards are presented for (1) Best Book (authored or edited) and (2) Best Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal.  Qualifications and nomination procedures for two these awards are now posted below.

Finally, three newer awards have been established and added to the collection of SRA Biennial Awards. The SRA Outstanding Mentor Award is to celebrate those who exemplify outstanding mentoring of the next generation of researchers focused on adolescence and the transition to adulthood; the SRA Mid-Career Award for Research Excellence Award is to celebrate mid-career scholars (7 to 15 years beyond earning their PhD or equivalent degree) who exemplify research excellence on any topic regarding adolescence and the transition to adulthood; the SRA Organizational Award for Excellence in Research and Programming for Youth honors an organization that has contributed significantly to enhancing scientific research and application of that research to promote the development of young people from diverse backgrounds and in diverse settings.  All three awards were presented for the first time at our 2016 Biennial Meeting in Baltimore, MD.  Please consider making a nomination to honor your mentors, colleagues and worthwhile organizations. 

The nomination deadline for all awards was Monday, October 16, 2017.

Questions? Contact Anne Perdue at aperdue@s-r-a.org.

SRA Biennial Meeting Awards

Hershel D. Thornburg Dissertation Award

This award recognizes outstanding scholastic promise in research on adolescence. Students having completed their dissertations between September 2015 and August 2017 are eligible to be nominated. Nominees are invited from all relevant disciplines. Faculty and self-nominations are equally encouraged.

Nomination Requirements:

· Current SRA membership
· Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· Advisor’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· A letter of recommendation from the advisor indicating the nature of the nominee’s contribution to the development of the research and the perceived contribution of the study to the field of investigation
· A 3-5 page abstract of the dissertation
· A link to the full dissertation

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: ThornburgAward@s-r-a.org


Early Career Research Award

This award recognizes a young scholar whose research, publications, grants, conference presentations, and visibility in the field represent a significant contribution to understanding adolescent development and behavior. This award will be made to an early career scholar whose scholarly contributions are distinguished through research, publications grants, conference presentations, and his/her visibility in the field. Nominees should be no more than six years beyond the Ph.D. or equivalent degree, unless exceptional circumstances necessitated a hiatus in their scholarly activities.

Nomination Requirements:
· Current SRA membership
· Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· Name, address, email address, and phone number of person nominating the potential recipient
· A letter detailing the contributions and future promise of the nominee
· 2 letters of recommendation
· Copies of up to 3 scholarly articles or chapters that represent the nominee’s contributions.

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to:
InvestigatorAward@s-r-a.org


Mid-Career Award for Research Excellence

Managing the transition from being an early career scholar to a mid-career scholar can be a challenge because demands increase and support often declines. In addition, expectations for more influential scholarship intensify. It is essential for the advancement of our science for scholars to meet this challenge and to continue to expand their research programs. The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) seeks to recognize the importance of mid-career scholarship and to celebrate mid-career scholars who exemplify research excellence on any topic regarding adolescence and the transition to adulthood. Nominees must be between 7 and 15 years beyond earning their PhD or equivalent degree (unless exceptional circumstances necessitated a hiatus in their scholarly activities). The nomination letter can come from multiple individuals (with at least one being a current SRA member).

Nomination requirements:
· Current SRA membership
· Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· Name, address, email address, and phone number of person nominating the potential recipient
· A 1 to 2-page letter detailing why the nominee deserves this honor
· Nominee’s current CV

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to:
MidCareerAward@s-r-a.org


John P. Hill Memorial Award

This award recognizes an individual whose overall program of work has had a significant impact on our understanding of development and behavior during the second decade of the lifespan. Letters of nomination to the committee should include a brief statement about the nominee’s contributions to the field, including pertinent references to scholarly articles or chapters that represent the nominee’s contributions to research on adolescence.

Nomination Requirements:
· Current SRA membership
· Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
· Name, address, email address, and phone number of person nominating the potential recipient
· A letter outlining the merits of the award nominee
· 3 letters of recommendation
· Copies of 3 scholarly articles or chapters that represent the nominee’s contributions to research on adolescence

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: HillAward@s-r-a.org


Outstanding Mentor Award

Training, guiding, and encouraging early career researchers through direct instruction and collaboration in research are integral components of advancing the multidisciplinary field of research on adolescence. The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) seeks to recognize the importance of this capacity-building by honoring members who have made exceptional contributions to the field in general and SRA in particular through their mentoring of the next generation of researchers focused on adolescence and the transition to adulthood. We want to celebrate those who exemplify outstanding mentoring. The nomination letter can come from multiple individuals (with at least one being a current SRA member).

Beginning with SRA Biennial Meeting 2018, two Outstanding Mentor Awards will be presented. One award will be for nominees at the advanced associate level or at the full professor level for fewer than 10 years. The other award will be for nominees who have been serving at the full professor level for 10 years or more.

Nomination requirements:
• Both the primary nominator and the nominee are current SRA members.
• Nominee’s name, address, email address, and phone number
• Name, address, email address, and phone number of the primary person nominating the potential recipient
• A 2 to 3-page letter detailing why the nominee deserves this honor. Please speak to the nominee’s scholarship and his/her professional and personal characteristics that make the person an excellent mentor.
• Nominee’s current CV

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: MentorAward@s-r-a.org


Social Policy Publication Awards:

The SRA Awards Committee announces a call for submissions for consideration for the two Social Policy Publication Awards (1) Best Book (authored or edited) and (2) Best Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal.

Works published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 are eligible for nomination. Those books and articles that are in press and will be published by December 31, 2017 may be submitted as well.

Nominations of articles or books should exemplify research on adolescence with implications for social policy. Submissions could include policy-oriented research, program evaluations, or basic research in which implications for policy or practice are clearly articulated. Submissions from a variety of disciplines are encouraged, and self-nominations are welcome.

The SRA Awards Committee will review all submissions and the winners will be announced at the 2018 SRA Biennial Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, USA. Criteria for selection are: (1) Research and theory meet high standards, (2) policy issues are substantive and timely, and (3) the work clearly articulates the implications of the research for a social policy issue, such that policy problems are clarified and/or solutions are illustrated.

Nomination Requirements:
▪ A letter articulating how the book or article meets the award criteria
▪ A 3 to 5-page summary of a nominated book
▪ A copy of the nominated book or article; if you are submitting a hard copy of the book, please email PolicyAwards@s-r-a.org to receive the mailing address.

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: PolicyAwards@s-r-a.org
 

SRA Organizational Award for Excellence in Research and Programming for Youth

This award honors an organization that has contributed significantly to enhancing scientific research and application of that research to promote the development of young people from diverse backgrounds and in diverse settings. It is awarded in recognition that organizations play a vital role in advancing science and science-based programs and policies that serve young people. Foundations, university-based centers that focus on research and policies relevant to youth, and youth-serving community organizations, among others, are eligible for this award.

Nomination requirements:
· Primary nominator is a current SRA member
· Nominee’s name and website, and the name, address, email, and phone number of the primary contact person for the award
· Name, address, email, and phone number of person nominating the potential recipient
· A 2 to 3-page letter detailing why the nominated organization deserves this honor, referring to the specific criteria detailed in the award description
· One or two supporting documents that exemplify the organization’s contributions to research or programs/policies for youth (e.g., research products, program descriptions, etc.).

Nominations deadline was October 16, 2017.
Please submit to: 
richard.lerner@tufts.edu


 

SRA Awards History