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Student Awards

Student Paper Awards

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

Mary E. Brown Undergraduate Student Paper Award
Richard Kalish Graduate Student Paper Award
Dr. Hannelore Wass Cross Cultural Student Paper Award

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 2019 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, USA. Winners will be reimbursed for their travel expenses up to $200, and their conference registration fee will be waived.

Submit an application.

Mary E. Brown Undergraduate Student Paper Award

Award presented to an outstanding undergraduate paper dealing with a topic related to dying, death, loss and bereavement. Paper must be a requirement for an undergraduate course at a recognized institution of higher learning.

Candidate Criteria

  • Individual must be a currently enrolled as an undergraduate student

Submission Requirements

The nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name, telephone number and email address
  • Institution attending, program of study
  • PDF copy of paper


Richard Kalish Graduate Student Paper Award

Award presented to an outstanding graduate paper dealing with a topic related to dying, death, loss and bereavement. Paper must be a requirement for a graduate course at a recognized institution of higher learning.

Candidate Criteria

  • Individual must be a currently enrolled graduate student


Submission Requirements

The nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name, telephone number and email address
  • Institution attending, program of study
  • PDF copy of paper
  • A letter from a professor verifying their student status, identifying the course(s) in which they are enrolled, and authenticating their authorship of the paper submitted.
     

Dr. Hannelore Wass Cross Cultural Student Paper Award

Award presented to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate paper dealing with a topic related to dying, death, loss and bereavement where there is an emphasis or concentration on cross-cultural aspects of the phenomena studied. Paper must be a requirement for an undergraduate or graduate course at a recognized institution of higher learning.

Candidate Criteria

  • Individual must be a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student


Submission Requirements

The nominee is required to submit a completed online submission form collecting the following information:

  • Nominee name, telephone number and email address
  • Institution attending, program of study
  • PDF copy of paper
  • A letter from a professor verifying their student status, identifying the course(s) in which they are enrolled, and authenticating their authorship of the paper submitted.

Student Conference Scholarships

The Student Scholarship Committee announces a call for applications for Student Conference Scholarships for the 2018 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, 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
         A. FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS:
               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.

         B. APPLICANTS PREVIOUSLY AWARDED A CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP:
               II. The essay should be one to three pages in length, describing:
                     a. Year(s) during which you have received a SIC 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 SIC scholarship will be given to an alternate. PRIOR SIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ARE ELIGIBLE; however, priority for repeat awards will be given to those who are actively involved in the activities of the SIC.

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