Mark D. Johns mjohns at luther.edu
Tue May 4 20:17:28 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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