Call For Student Papers


We invite you to participate in the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) Student Paper Award, given in recognition of outstanding scholarly work by students.


Six awards are offered. The first place paper for a graduate student (masters or doctoral level) will receive $200 and the second place paper by a graduate student will receive $175.  The first place paper by an undergraduate student will receive $150 and the second place paper by an undergraduate student will receive $125.  The first place paper by a community college student will receive $100 and the second place paper by a community college student will receive $75.  All winners will receive a one-year membership in NEACJS.  All entrants should be prepared to present their papers at the annual meeting of the NEACJS at Roger Williams University, Rhode Island on June 6-9, 2012 in the event that they are selected as award winners.  Winners will be notified personally by phone by the middle of May. The NEACJS will provide the winners with housing and will reimburse them for the student registration fee.


The competition is open to anyone writing on a criminal justice related topic.  The student paper contest takes the students’ work out of the classroom and into the world of professional dissemination, like submitting for publication or presenting at a conference. The paper is in the public realm. Editorial assistance, therefore, is encouraged to make the paper as good as it can be, according to the norms and standards of our criminal justice professional culture.  Participants need not be matriculated in a criminal justice program.  A faculty member at the student’s institution must select and submit papers. No paper will be accepted if received directly from a student.  All student papers require a NEACJS faculty sponsor.  Only one paper from a student will be accepted per year.


Papers must concern a relevant criminal justice topic, and my be conceptual and/or empirical.  Papers should be word-processed, double-spaced, and at least ten pages in length (excluding references).  Any standard academic format for the organization of text, citations, and references may be used.  Identifying information such as the author’s name, email, college and program affiliation, student identification number, or home address and phone number should appear ONLY on the title page, so that papers may be evaluated anonymously.  The second page of the manuscript should include the title and a one paragraph abstract.  Students should submit their work to a faculty member, to screen the papers for quality and to insure that they meet these specifications.


The Student Paper Committee (consisting of faculty members of NEACJS) will evaluate entries according to the following criteria: scholarly content, critical thinking, clarity of expression, and overall professionalism (including style and format). The Committee’s determinations will be final.


Faculty members should email an attachment of the student’s paper (to include an abstract) by MAY 1ST, 2012 to:, in either doc, . rtf, or pdf format.  In addition, one printed copy (to include an abstract), along with a cover letter stating the student’s name and email address, should be sent to the address below.

Patrick Harvey, Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Or call: (724) 738-2429


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