Mark D. Johns mjohns at luther.edu
Tue Mar 31 17:17:05 PDT 2009

Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2009

Sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research

The Carl Couch Center has extended the deadline on its annual call for
student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet
Research Award.  The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and
empirical papers that (1) apply symbolic interactionist approaches to
Internet studies, (2) demonstrate interactive relationships between
social interaction and communication technologies as advocated by Couch,
and/or (3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions.
Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of Symbolic
Interactionist approaches and concepts and Couch’s theses, (2)
originality, (3) organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of
knowledge. Evaluation will be administered by a Review Committee of four:
	Dr. Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
	Dr. Lori Kendall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
	Dr. Annette Markham, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
	Dr. Dennis Waskul, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all
disciplines. Works that are published or accepted for publication are
not eligible for award consideration. Entries should not exceed 30 pages
(approximately 7500 words) in length, including references and
appendices. Limit of one entry per student per year.

The top three papers will receive Couch Awards to be presented at the
2009 meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (aoir.org) at
the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. The top paper will be awarded
a certificate and a cash prize of $500 US, runner up will receive a
certificate and a cash prize of $300 US, and a third paper will receive
a certificate and a cash prize of $100 US. All three authors will be
invited to present their work at a session of the AoIR conference,
October 7-11, 2009 in Milwaukee.

Those interested should send a copy of their paper, with a 100-word
abstract, electronically to Mark D. Johns at mjohns at luther.edu
Application deadline is *May 15, 2009*. Notification of award will be
sent by June 15.

Those with questions or comments about Couch Award application, please

Mark D. Johns
Dept. of Communication Studies
Luther College, Decorah, IA 52101 USA
Tel: (563) 387-1347
E-mail: mjohns (at) luther.edu

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