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At the 2018 Annual Meeting, the Association anticipates the following nine awards provided through the WPSA and the Political Research Quarterly:

Don T. Nakanishi Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service in Asian Pacific American Politics: This annual award will recognize outstanding scholarship or service advancing the understanding or practice of Asian Pacific American politics. The recipient will be someone who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of Asian Pacific American politics (scholarship that examines more than one ethnoracial group is also eligible), or whose professional work has made a substantial contribution to the practice of Asian Pacific American politics. ($250 Award)

Dissertation Award: For the best doctoral dissertation completed at a university within the regional groupings of the WPSA between July 1 and June 30 of the previous academic year. ($250 award)

Pi Sigma Alpha Award:For the best paper presented at the previous WPSA annual meeting. ($500 award)

The Betty Nesvold Women and Politics Award:For the best paper on women and politics presented at the previous Annual Meeting of the WPSA. ($250 award)

WPSA Best Paper Award on Latina/Latino Politics:For an outstanding paper on Latina/Latino politics and its relative aspects. ($250 award)

Award by Committee on the Status of Blacks:For an outstanding paper discussing issues and problems which concern most Black Americans. ($250 award)

Charles Redd Award for Best Paper on the Politics of the American West: an award offered jointly by the WPSA and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies of Brigham Young University for the best paper on the politics of the American West presented at the previous Convention of the WPSA. Papers may cover a broad range of topics--governance, policy, culture, politics--and may compare the West to other regions. ($250 award)

The Political Research Quarterly Best Article Award. This award is given for the best article published by the PRQ during the prior calendar year. ($1000 award)

WPSA Best Paper in Environmental Political Theory Award: for the best paper in environmental political theory presented at the annual WPSA meeting. ($250 award).


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