Student Scholarship and Paper Awards

All materials for the scholarships & paper competition must be emailed to the respective Chair by March 1, 2018 with the appropriate subject line (see below).

Scholarship Committee:

Chair: Sheryl Van Horne, Ph.D. (Eastern University)
Email: svanhor@eastern.edu
Email subject line: PACJE Scholarship Award Application

Committee: TBD

Research Awards Committee:

Chair: Michael McSkimming, Ph.D. (Lock Haven University)
Email: mmcskimm@lhup.edu
Email subject line: PACJE Research Paper Competition

Committee: TBD

Bernie Meyer Student Scholarship Awards

Guidelines and Criteria

Undergraduate Scholarship Award ($250.00)

  1. Letter of nomination from a PACJE faculty member (full or part-time faculty)
  2. Copy of the nominee’s resume
  3. Student nominee can be a full or part time student who has attained sophomore level status and is a matriculated Criminal Justice/Criminology major.
  4. Student nominee has a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  5. Award recipient must be present to accept the scholarship award.

Graduate Scholarship Award ($500.00)

  1. Letter of recommendation from a PACJE faculty member (full or part-time faculty)
  2. Copy of the nominee’s resume
  3. Student nominee can be a full or part time graduate student in Criminal Justice/Criminology who has successfully completed three (3) graduate courses.
  4. Student nominee has a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  5. Award recipient must be present to accept the scholarship award.

All materials for the scholarship awards must be emailed to the Chair by March 1, 2018 Email subject line: PACJE Scholarship Award Application. Please indicate if the application is for the graduate student or undergraduate student award.

Note:  2017 scholarship recipients are not eligible for the award in 2018
Note:  Scholarships may not be granted every year, depending on committee decisions.

Student Research Paper Competitions

Graduate Award ($100) & Undergraduate Award ($50)

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators (http://www.pacje.org/) invites submissions for our 2017 Annual Conference Student Research Paper Competitions. The purpose of these events is to highlight exemplary research papers written by undergraduate and graduate students from PACJE member institutions.

The topic is open to general criminology and criminal justice research areas. Please also note that there are two separate venues; one for undergraduate students and another for graduate students. Two monetary awards will be given; one award for the best undergraduate student paper and another award for the best graduate student paper.

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • The author must be an undergraduate student or a graduate student of a PACJE member institution.
  • Only one paper may be entered by an author.
  • Only student authored papers are eligible for entry.
  • Entries must be the author’s original work.

Thank you for your interest!

Guidelines and Criteria

Authors: All undergraduates and graduate students currently enrolled in the PACJE member institutions are eligible. Entries should be submitted to the competition based upon the program in which the paper was written. Thus, if a paper was written for an undergraduate program it should be entered into the undergraduate competition, even if the author is currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Submissions: Students may submit only one paper, whether as a sole author or one of the coauthors. Also, students may enter only one competition, either the undergraduate or graduate competition.

Coauthors: Papers written by more than one student are permitted. Coauthored or multiple authored winners will share the specified monetary awards. Papers coauthored with faculty are eligible as long as a student is the first (lead) author.

Originality: Paper must be an original analysis and must be the author’s own work. Papers previously published are not eligible.

Work Product: Papers submitted shall be the product of work towards completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree. Papers written solely as research monographs, grant deliverables, or for other non-educational purposes are not eligible.

Paper Preparation Requirements

The paper must be written in English and adhere to the following guidelines:

Length: The paper should be no longer than 15 pages for undergraduate entry, and up to 20 pages for graduate entry. Both page limits include all charts/graphs, references, and any appendices.

Appearance: Font should be Times New Roman, 12 point size. Margins should be 1 inch (2.5 cm) all around. Text should be double spaced.

Page headers and/or footers should contain page numbers and a shortened title of the paper. They are not to include the author’s name or the name of his or her institution. This ensures anonymous review by the judges.

Charts & Citations: Charts and graphs should be “stylized”; that is, exhibits should be developed, formatted, and inserted into the document appropriately. Cutting and pasting direct output from statistical software into the document is not satisfactory.

Datasets, publications, and other documentation must be properly cited. See American Psychological Association Bibliographic Style, 6th Edition or MLA Bibliographic Style, 7th Edition, 2009 for guides on citing publications.

Front Matter: The title page must include the author’s name, faculty advisor’s name, institutional affiliation, expected degree and graduation date (month/year), and email address.

An abstract of no more than 150 words must follow the title page. Title and abstract pages are not included in page limits.

All materials for the research paper competition must be emailed to the Chair by March 1, 2018. Email subject line: PACJE Research Paper Competition. Please indicate if the submission is for the graduate student or undergraduate student paper competition. 

Note: Awards may not be granted every year, depending on committee decisions.

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