Dear SIG-IT Members,

SIG-IT is pleased to announce the awards program for the 2012 AERA annual meeting.  We would like to remind you of the February 1, 2012, deadline for all three 2012 AERA SIG-IT awards.  The three awards are:

  • Best Paper Award
  • Young Researcher Award
  • Student Travel Award

More information about the 2012 SIG-IT Awards, including the application process and the evaluation criteria, can be found below. You may also download a Microsoft Word file with all of the details at http://bit.ly/sigit2012.  Please note, if you think your paper is eligible for more than one of these awards, please choose the award that you think is the best fit and apply for that one.

To submit an application for any of these awards or for more information please email Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.

Regards,
Michael M. Grant
SIG-IT Chair-Elect & Awards Program Coordinator


2012 SIG-IT BEST PAPER AWARD

Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST.  Applicants will be informed of the decision no later than March 15, 2012.

The SIG-IT Best Paper Award will be presented to the scholar with the best research paper already submitted to SIG-IT and accepted for presentation at the 2012 AERA Conference in any format (paper, poster, or roundtable). The award recipient will be given a plaque and a check for $350 at the SIG-IT Business meeting during the 2012 annual meeting.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • Be a member of AERA and SIG-IT at time of submission
  • Attend the 2012 AERA conference and SIG-IT business meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Be the primary investigator of the completed research study submitted for the award
  • Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited institution in the area of Instructional Technology or a related field

As noted above, the submission for the Best Paper Award must have been submitted to SIG-IT and accepted for presentation at the 2012 AERA Conference.

SIG-IT reserves the right to not issue this award if there are not adequate or appropriate submissions received.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Authors should take necessary steps to remain anonymous. Contact information should only be in the cover letter; the manuscript must be blinded. For further information about how to prepare a blinded manuscript, please consult the APA manual.
  • Papers must be between 2,000 and 9,000 words (i.e., no more than 30 double-spaced pages), including text, references, appendices, tables, and figures.
  • Papers should be formatted according to the APA 6th edition.
  • We accept submissions that investigate the impact of technological and instructional innovations in a variety of contexts, including K-12, higher education, business/industry, and informal settings.

Papers Will Be Evaluated Using the Following Criteria:

  • Relevance and significance of topic and research question(s) to the field
  • Clarity of research question(s)
  • Thoroughness of literature review
  • Appropriateness of methodology for study
  • Quality and completeness of analysis
  • Clarity and soundness of conclusions
  • Promotion of a continuing research agenda or improved professional practices
  • Overall quality demonstrating coherence and reasoning
  • Contribution to the cumulative knowledge base of the field

Application Process:

Submit the following files in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format via email to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu:

  • A cover letter stating your intent to apply, describing your eligibility for the award, and including contact information
  • Blind manuscript (this means nowhere in your manuscript file should it indicate your name or your affiliation; for further information on how to prepare a blind manuscript please consult the APA manual)

The electronic documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format only. Please email electronic copies of the cover letter and the paper to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.  Papers received after 11:59 pm EST on February 1st, 2012, or not properly blinded will not be considered.

To submit an application or for more information, contact Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.

2012 SIG-IT YOUNG RESEARCHER AWARD

Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be informed of the decision no later than March 15, 2012.

The SIG-IT Young Researcher Award will be presented to a deserving new scholar in the field who submits a paper that has not been either accepted for presentation or presented before. The award recipient will present their paper at the SIG-IT business meting at the 2012 AERA Conference and receive a plaque and a check for $350.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must

  • Be a member of AERA and SIG-IT at time of submission
  • Attend the 2012 AERA conference and SIG-IT business meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Be a doctoral candidate or have graduated within the previous 5 years.
  • Be the Primary Investigator of a completed research study. In the case of a co-authored paper, the candidate is required be the primary researcher and first author.

Papers submitted for the Young Researcher Award must not have been or currently be accepted for presentation at any conference – including AERA.

This means that if your paper was accepted for AERA, you cannot submit for this award. If you have presented it or have been accepted to present it at another conference, you cannot submit for this award.

SIG-IT reserves the right to not issue this award if there are not adequate or appropriate submissions received.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Authors should take necessary steps to remain anonymous. Contact information should only be in the cover letter; the manuscript must be blinded. For further information about how to prepare a blinded manuscript, please consult the APA manual.
  • Papers must be between 2,000 and 9,000 words (i.e., no more than 30 double-spaced pages), including text, references, appendices, tables and figures.
  • Papers should be formatted according to the APA 6th edition.
  • We accept submissions that investigate the impact of technological and instructional innovations in a variety of contexts, including K-12, higher education, business/industry, and informal settings.

Papers will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Relevance and significance of topic and research question to the field
  • Clarity of research question
  • Thoroughness of literature review
  • Appropriateness of methodology for study
  • Quality and completeness of analysis
  • Clarity and soundness of conclusions
  • Promotion of a continuing research agenda or improved professional practices
  • Overall quality demonstrating coherence and reasoning
  • Contribution to the cumulative knowledge base of the field

Application Process:

Submit to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu the following files in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format:

  • A cover letter stating your intent to apply, the title of your paper, your eligibility for the award, and your complete contact information.
  • A blind copy of the cover letter stating your intent to apply, the title of your paper, and your eligibility for the award.
  • Your blind manuscript (this means nowhere in your manuscript file should it indicate your name or your affiliation; for further information on how to prepare a blind manuscript please consult the APA manual)

Submit blind electronic copies of the letters and manuscript. The electronic documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format only. Please email electronic copies to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu. Papers received after 11:59 pm EST on February 1st, 2012, or not properly blinded will not be considered.

To submit an application or for more information, contact Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.

2012 SIG-IT STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD

Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2012, at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be informed of the decision no later than March 15, 2012.

The SIG-IT Student Travel Award will be presented to an emerging scholar who is currently a student and who has had his/her paper accepted by SIG-IT for the 2012 AERA Conference in any format (i.e., paper, poster, or roundtable). The purpose of the award is to help defray the costs associated with travel to the AERA conference and to continue to encourage student participation within SIG-IT.  The award recipient will receive a check for $500 and a certificate.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must

  • Be a member of AERA and SIG-IT at time of submission.
  • Be a graduate student at time of submission.
  • Have a paper, poster, or roundtable session already accepted by SIG-IT for the 2012 AERA Conference.
  • Attend the 2012 AERA conference and SIG-IT Business meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Be the Primary Investigator of a completed research study. In the case of a co-authored paper, the candidate is required be the primary researcher and first author.

SIG-IT reserves the right to not issue this award if there are not adequate or appropriate submissions received.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Authors should take necessary steps to remain anonymous.
  • Papers must be between 2,000 and 9,000 words (i.e., no more than 30 double-spaced pages), including text, references, appendices, tables and figures.
  • Papers should be formatted according to the APA 6th edition.
  • We accept submissions that investigate the impact of technological and instructional innovations in a variety of contexts, including K-12, higher education, business/industry, and informal settings.

Papers will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Relevance and significance of topic and research question to the field
  • Clarity of research question(s)
  • Thoroughness of literature review
  • Appropriateness of methodology for study
  • Quality and completeness of analysis
  • Clarity and soundness of conclusions
  • Overall quality demonstrating coherence and reasoning
  • Contribution to the cumulative knowledge base of the field

Application Process:

Submit via email to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu the following files in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format:

  • A cover letter stating your intent to apply, the title of your paper, your eligibility for the award, confirmation of your intent to attend the 2012 AERA meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and your complete contact information.
  • A blind copy of the cover letter stating your intent to apply, the title of your paper, your eligibility for the award, and confirmation of your intent to attend the 2012 AERA meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Your blind manuscript (this means nowhere in your manuscript file should it indicate your name or your affiliation; for further information on how to prepare a blind manuscript please consult the APA manual)

The electronic documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format only. Please email electronic copies to Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu. Papers received after 11:59 pm EST on February 1st, 2012, or not properly blinded will not be considered.

To submit an application or for more information, contact Michael M. Grant at mgrant2@memphis.edu.

About Michael M Grant

Dr. Michael M. Grant is a passionate professor, researcher, and consultant. He works with faculty members, schools and universities, and districts to integrate technology meaningfully and improve teaching and learning. When 140 characters just won't work, then he blogs here at Viral-Notebook.com. He has a beautiful wife and three equally beautiful daughters, who will change the world.

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