Each year MSERA sponsors the James E. McLean Distinguished Paper Award. Any member of MSERA may submit an entry. The award winner(s) receives a plaque and prize of $500, provided that the paper is presented at the next (2014) annual meeting of AERA.
To be eligible for this award, the author must use the on-line submission process to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words as outlined in the Call for Papers. In addition, an electronic copy (in pdf or Word format) of the complete paper and a separate electronic cover sheet must be sent to the Awards Chair. The on-line abstract submission and electronic review copy and cover sheet must be received by July 15, 2014.
The paper submission may not exceed 25 double-spaced, typewritten pages, including narrative, tables and bibliography. Author name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) should be provided only on the cover sheet, and not included in the electronic review copy. The title of the paper should appear on the both the cover sheet and review copy.
Abstracts must be submitted at the web site (go to Call for Papers).
In addition, an electronic copy of the complete paper and cover sheet must
be sent to Gail Hughes:
Gail Hughes, University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Review for the award is a two-step process. First, the Program Committee
will review abstracts of the papers to determine if they will be accepted for
presentation at the Annual Meeting. Second, the Distinguished Awards Committee
will review the papers accepted by the Program Committee, to identify the most
outstanding among those submitted. The chair of the committee will ensure
that each paper submitted receives a minimum of three (3) blind reviews by members
of the Distinguished Awards Committee. The five (5) papers receiving the
highest composite reviews (or all papers if fewer than six entries are submitted)
will then be reviewed by members of the Distinguished Awards Committee based
on all possible pairwise comparisons. The paper judged to be most outstanding
at the conclusion of the two-stage process will be declared winner of the competition. The
chair of the Distinguished Awards Committee will announce the award winner at
the MSERA annual meeting. The abstract from the winning paper will be
published, on the MSERA web site, in the MSERA Educational Researcher,
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