Mark D. Johns mjohns at luther.edu
Fri Apr 16 07:36:57 PDT 2010

Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2010
Sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research


The Carl Couch Center issues an 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:

     Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
     Annette Markham, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
     Lois Ann Scheidt, University of Indiana, Bloomington
     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 
2010 meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (aoir.org) at 
the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 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 20-23, 2010 in Gothenburg.

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 has been extended to May 15, 2010. 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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