Student Awards

Student Paper Awards  - Deadline - December 3, 2014 - Submit your application now

The Association for Death Education and Counseling® invites the submission of student papers to be considered for one of three awards:

  1. The Undergraduate Student Paper Award established in memory of Mary E. Brown, a former Canadian member of the Association and educator. 
  2. The Graduate Paper Award, established in memory of Richard Kalish.
  3. The Cross Cultural Student Paper Award, dedicated to the memory of Dr. Hannelore Wass, a founder of ADEC significant contributor to the field of thanatology.  This award encourages graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers dealing with cross-cultural and individual differences in dying and death.

In order to submit a paper for consideration, the submitter must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, depending on award. Each award consists of $100 and a certificate of recognition, which will be awarded at the 2014 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX, USA. Winners will be reimbursed for their travel expenses up to $200, and their conference registration fee will be waived. Winners are also invited to submit abstracts of their papers to the ADEC Forum and to present winning papers as poster presentations during the conference.

Student papers that reflect diversity of culture as well as philosophical, clinical and educational approaches to dying, death and bereavement are especially welcome.

A multidisciplinary committee will judge papers through a blind review process. Reviews will be based on the following criteria: the topic is related to death, dying, or bereavement; topic importance; clarity of writing; originality of content; depth and breadth of content; documentation of resources; writing style; and adherence to format.


Student Conference Scholarships – Deadline - December 17, 2014 - Submit your application now 

Seeking Applications for Student Conference Scholarships
The Student Scholarship Committee announces a call for applications for Student Conference Scholarships for the 2015 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX, USA. The award consists of payment for conference registration (contingent upon conference attendance) and one-year student membership in ADEC (for new members only). Students will be asked to complete four hours of volunteer services while at the conference.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of non-student members.

To apply, you must submit the following materials online:

Applications must include:

  1.  Nominee Information
         A. Name, address, telephone number, and email address
         B. Institution attending, program of study
         C. Student status (part-time or full-time, level of study: undergraduate or graduate, and year in the program). If you are a part-time student, briefly describe your need for financial assistance  with conference registration costs
         D. Anticipated graduation date
         E. Whether you have submitted a paper for any student paper competitions

   2. Letter of recommendation
         A. Letter of recommendation from a professor familiar with your interest/work in the area of thanatology.

   3. Honors and Activities
         A. list of honors, awards, extracurricular / volunteer activities.

   4. An essay
               I. The essay should be one to three pages in length, describing:
                     a. Your interests and experiences within the field of thanatology.
                     b. Any ADEC involvement (if applicable).
                     c. How ADEC involvement will facilitate your goals.

               II. The essay should be one to three pages in length, describing:
                     a. Year(s) during which you have received a conference scholarship.
                     b. Your interests and experiences within the field of thanatology.
                     c. Length of ADEC membership / types of involvement in SIC activities or other roles within ADEC (active involvement required for receipt of multiple conference scholarships).
                     d. Description of how continued involvement in ADEC will facilitate your goals and your future plans for active involvement within ADEC and in what capacity do you plan to be involved.

Restrictions:  Only one ADEC award will be given to offset conference expenses. Should a candidate receive a student paper award, the student scholarship will be given to an alternate. PRIOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ARE ELIGIBLE; however, priority for repeat awards will be given to those who are actively involved in the activities of the SANP.



Updated: October 2014