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Adele Williamson Outstanding Masters Research Award
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The Adele Williamson Outstanding Masters Research Award is made possible by a grant from the Phi Mu Foundation. It will recognize an outstanding thesis completed by an individual completing his/her master's degree. The recipient will receive a $500 cash award and additional recognition at the annual meeting of the Association of Fraternity Advisers. An abstract of the winning thesis will be printed and distributed by the Center.

The purpose of the Adele Williamson Outstanding Masters Research Award is to encourage and support the study and dissemination of high quality research on the role of the fraternity and sorority in higher education. The award is meant to recognize students at the master's degree level who show promise in the field of student affairs. Submissions are anticipated from departments of higher education and student affairs, as well as relevant theses from other disciplines.

The individual whose Master's thesis is selected will receive: A $500 cash award; a plaque to be awarded at the AFA Annual Meeting to the individual winner and to the school; an invitation to attend the AFA Annual Meeting; an abstract of the thesis to be printed and distributed by the The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Research. Please note: The cash award is provided upon submission of an article based on the thesis to a research journal.

 

Entrance Requirements

Entrants in the Adele Williamson Outstanding Masters Research Award competition must have completed their master’s thesis and had their degree conferred. Their degree may have been conferred at any time, but must be prior to applying for the award.

Submission Materials

  • Master’s Thesis abstract. Must follow the format outlined below:
    • Typed and double-spaced.
    • A cover sheet with the title of the master’s thesis and the author’s name and address must be attached to the abstract.
    • A title page must be placed on the first page of the abstract. This page must not contain any identifying information and no identifying references, such as college or town names should appear in the abstract.
    • The abstract must not exceed 10 pages (additional pages will be discarded) and should be divided into five sections: Research rationale and brief literature review. Statement of the hypothesis/problem. Methodology employed and rationale for its selection. Significant findings and relevance to student affairs in particular and post-secondary education in general. Brief bibliography, not to exceed 2 pages (additional pages will be discarded).
  • Cover letter from the applicant. Must include the following information:
    • Title of Thesis
    • Name of institution granting Masters Degree
    • Date degree conferred
    • The statement – “I verify that the above information is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I have read the announcement for the Masters' and Doctoral Research Award and agree to abide by its terms and conditions. Should I be selected as the award recipient, I agree to assume all of the responsibilities as well as the rewards of being the award recipient.”
  • Letter from the Thesis Committee Chair. Must include the following information:
    • Names and addresses of committee chair and members
    • Title of Thesis
    • Affirmation the applicant was a registered student
    • Graduation/degree conferment date. 

Judging Process

All materials become the property of CFSR and will not be returned to the author. The panel of judges will include practicing student affairs and fraternity professionals, and preparation program faculty members. The same number of judges will review each abstract. The judges will use standard rating criteria. Two to four theses will be selected as finalists. Upon notification, finalists will submit a copy of their entire thesis with identifying references removed. The entire panel of judges will evaluate the theses of the finalists. The names of the winner and runner-up will be announced at the AFA Annual Conference awards presentation made by CFSR; all finalists will receive written confirmation of finalist status. The award recipient will be notified no later than July 1. The decision of the judges will be final.

Submissions 

All required application materials were to be postmarked by June 1, 2016. We are not accepting applications at this time.

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