Couch award

Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2005

Sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research

The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that (1) apply symbolic interactionist approaches to Internet studies, (2) demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and communication technologies as advocated by Couch, and/or (3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions. Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of Symbolic Interactionist approaches and concepts and Couch’s theses, (2) originality, (3) organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of knowledge. Evaluation will be administered by a Review Committee of four:

Dr. Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, IA, Chair
Dr. Katherine M. Clegg Smith, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Lori Kendall, SUNY-Purchase, New York
Dr. Jodi O’Brien, Seattle University

Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all disciplines. Works that are published or accepted for publication are not eligible for award consideration. Entries should not exceed 30 pages (approximately 7500 words) in length, including references and appendices. Limit of one entry per student per year.

The top three papers will receive Couch Awards to be presented at the 2005 International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The top paper will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize of $300, runner up will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $200, and a third paper will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $100. All three authors will be invited to present their work at a session of the A.o.I.R. conference, October 5-9, 2005.

Applicants should send a copy of their paper electronically to Mark D. Johns at johnsmar(at) . Application deadline is May 1, 2005. Notification of award will be sent by June 15.

Those with questions or comments about Couch Award application, please contact:

Mark D. Johns
Dept. of Communication Studies
Luther College
Decorah, IA 52101
Tel: (563) 387-1347
E-mail: johnsmar(at)

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