SSC Graduate and Undergraduate Student Paper Competitions
Sponsored by
The University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council (SSC)

The Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG) is pleased to offer two awards sponsored by the University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council for the Ninth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference, recognizing distinguished graduate and undergraduate student research that contributes to the field of political ecology.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will assess papers for their theoretical contributions to the field of political ecology, soundness of research methodology, and writing quality. The best paper in each category will receive an award of $100. Winners will be announced before the Keynote Address on February 23, 2019. 

To be considered for the paper competition, send submissions via email to the Student Paper Competition coordinator, Olivia Meyer (oliviac.meyer@uky.edu) with "DOPE Student Paper Competition Submission" in the subject line. Please also indicate whether you are submitting to the graduate or undergraduate paper competition in the body of the email. Submissions are due by January 15, 2019 (extended to January 25, 2019 by 11:59 PM EST).

Guidelines for All Student Papers

Papers should be presentation length and should not exceed 2,500 words, excluding abstract, references, and footnotes. Documents should be sent in PDF format. All papers should begin with a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words. Information identifying the author should be removed from the manuscript text to aid in the blind review process. Papers should include a cover page with the following information:

 

  • Name

  • Pronouns

  • Mailing address (for accounting purposes)

  • Email address

  • University affiliation

  • Status (e.g., graduate, junior, master’s student, etc.)

  • Major, program, or department

  • Brief bio (150 words max.)

 

PEWG may use this information for promotional purposes (except for mailing and email addresses), and to announce the competition winners. 

 

Graduate Student Specific Guidelines

Authors should be currently enrolled in a graduate program, be the sole author of the paper submitted, be able to attend the 2019 DOPE Conference, and have registered for the conference by December 15, 2018 (extended to January 5, 2019, by 11:59 PM EST). Graduate student papers must be submitted by January 15, 2019 (extended to January 25, 2019, by 11:59 PM EST). Papers that are submitted should be the basis for a 10-12-minute presentation to be presented in an organized session at the conference. 

 

Undergraduate Student Specific Guidelines

Authors should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, be the sole author of the paper submitted, be able to attend the 2019 DOPE Conference, and have registered for the conference by December 15, 2018 (extended to January 5, 2019, by 11:59 PM EST). Undergraduate papers must be submitted by January 15, 2019 (extended to January 25, 2019, by 11:59 PM EST).  Papers that are submitted should be the basis for the 10-12 minutes presentation that can be presented in the Undergraduate Symposium, or in an organized session at the conference. We encourage undergraduate students to participate in the Undergraduate Symposium, however, they may participate in an organized session instead.

 

Download the PDF version of the DOPE 2019 Student Paper Competitions CFP here.

CAPE @ DOPE Student Poster Competition
Sponsored by
The Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Specialty Group

The Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG) is pleased to offer the first poster competition award sponsored by the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers for the Ninth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference, recognizing student research that contributes to the field of political ecology.

During the poster session at DOPE 2019, a group of judges will walk around to evaluate student posters and poster presentations. The best poster presentation will receive an award of $100. The winner will be announced within one week of the conference (by March 2) on the PEWG website and social media.

The poster competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students. To be considered, students only have to express their interest to the DOPE organizers.

Poster Presentation Evaluations

Candidates in the poster competition will be evaluated on content, knowledge, organization, and visuals. The judges will walk around the room listening to the presentations and may or may interact with the candidates.

 

  • Content: A topic that is related to political ecology; information/literature that is relevant to and supports the research topic.

  • Knowledge & Communication: A thorough grasp of the literature being presented and the ability to clearly communicate ideas. 

  • Organization & Use of Time: Ideas and supportive literature that flow logically. The length of the presentation is reasonable (not too long or too short), allowing time for questions.

  • Quality of Visual Materials: Relevant visuals (text and graphics) that are arranged logically and easy to read from a distance of three (3) feet.

 

NOTE: There is no set time for poster presentations as presenters will be speaking simultaneously to various groups of interested participants. However, like standard conference paper presentations, it's probably best for poster presenters to limit themselves to speaking no more than 12-15 minutes at a time.

 

To see the rubric, download the DOPE 2019 Student Poster Competition scoring sheet here.