Student Research Award

ISRI Conference Student Research Award

For each biennial conference students are encouraged to submit their original, individual research for consideration for a ISRI Student Research Award for high quality accomplishments. An award may be granted for a doctoral dissertation, a master’s thesis, an individual’s graduate level project, and/or an undergraduate honors/independent thesis. Each student category: doctoral, masters and undergraduate will be considered separately. It is expected that doctoral and master’s level projects are the work of the individual and not a study primarily designed by their faculty sponsor. Undergraduates may submit work in which they have been the primary investigator. The project should have been completed since the previous ISRI Biennial Conference. Students need not be members of ISRI in order to apply.

The project submission due date for the 2017 Conference is November 1, 2016. Submit your project by e-mail to Dr. Sheila Marshall, Chair of the Awards Committee, at ( with the summary as an attachment. Please include a working title, author, school affiliation, author’s e-mail, and the faculty sponsor’s name and e-mail.


Students are encouraged to submit papers that are theoretical, empirical, or an integrative synthesis. For reports of empirical studies, it is essential that the author specify the purpose of the project, specific hypotheses, a clear methodology, the primary findings, and the significance of the project. Similar clarity is required for other types of papers.

The summary itself has a 2,000 word maximum. It must be double spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins, no headers/footers. Tables, graphs, and references may be included in addition to the 2,000 word text. A cover page should provide the following information: name, title, contact information, student level (doctoral, masters, undergraduate) and the name, email, and address of the faculty sponsor.

A letter from the student’s faculty sponsor is required. It should be a brief statement directly focused on the student’s primary role in the scholarly project and sent to Dr. Marshall with your final submission.


Students who are chosen for research awards will be invited to submit a paper for publication considerations in Identity: An international journal of theory and research. In addition, they will be given a two year membership in ISRI that includes receipt of the society’s journal.

The ISRI Student Research Awards Committee Members are Dr. Sheila Marshall, The University of British Columbia, Dr. Hal Grotevant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Dr. Jennifer Kerpelman, Auburn University.