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Outstanding Student Research Award

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The Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA) sponsors the Outstanding Student Research Award in conjunction with its annual conference. The graduate student submitting the winning research paper will be recognized at the GERA Conference.

2021 Award Winners

“Face, Identity, Nationalism and Internationalism”

Ru Li, Georgia Southern University

Ru Li is a doctoral candidate in curriculum studies and an international student who works as a doctoral fellow in the department of Curriculum Studies, Foundation and Readings at Georgia Southern University. She is currently working on her dissertation, writing with a focus on the educational experience of international students in the southern United States. Ru holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, majoring in Translation Theory and Practice. Since 2019, Ru has worked with Dr. Ming Fang He on the Journal of Educational Studies as an editorial assistant.

You are required to check the option of the Outstanding Student Research Award during the proposal submission process if you want to be considered for this award. Selecting this option will generate an e-mail containing the link for submitting your paper. You will then submit your paper (maximum 2500 words, excluding title page, references, and appendices) via Digital Commons by the stated due date. Papers that exceed the maximum word count will not be reviewed for the award.

Papers considered for the Outstanding Student Research Award must be submitted by students currently enrolled in a recognized graduate degree program. Papers submitted by recent graduates (last year) will also be considered providing that the research upon which the paper is based was completed before graduation. Papers having more than one author will be considered; however, each author must be a student (e.g., a faculty member may not be one of the authors). Individuals may be the first author on only one paper being considered for this award.

Registration for the GERA Conference is required, and the author must present the winning paper at the GERA Conference. The same paper can only be submitted for one GERA award, i.e., the same paper cannot be considered for both the Distinguished Paper Award and the Outstanding Student Research Award. Recipients of this award become ineligible for this award for a period of three years. Note: If there are multiple authors on the winning student paper, only one certificate will be given.

Criteria for selecting a winning paper will be the same as used by reviewers of various scholarly journals publishing articles related to educational research. A wide variety of topics and research methods pertaining to educational research are appropriate for this competition.

Last updated: 9/1/2022