Jacques May Thesis Prize, Call for Submissions

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the AAG is accepting submissions for the Jacques May Thesis Prize. Since 1985, the prize has been awarded to Master’s and doctoral theses addressing themes in health and medical geography broadly defined, as judged by a panel of reviewers. Theses will be judged on their contribution to the field, their methodological approach, organization, and written composition. Ph.D. dissertation winners receive an official certificate and a cash award of $250, and Master’s thesis winners receive the certificate and a cash award of $150. 

Eligibility: Master’s or doctoral theses officially completed during the 24 months prior to the submission deadline are eligible, provided that they have not been previously considered for the Prize. Membership in the Association of American Geographers is required, but membership in the HMGSG is not.

Submission and Review: Submissions should be sent to Eric Delmelle (eric.delmelle@uncc.edu) and Mei-Po Kwan (mpk654@gmail.com). Only electronic submissions will be considered. Theses must be in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, and completely anonymous to enable double-blind reviews (i.e., the thesis must be free of all references to the author in the front matter, notes, references, headers, etc.). Theses will be reviewed by at least two anonymous referees, who will make their recommendations to the HMGSG board. The HMGSG will announce the winner of the prize before the AAG Meeting.

In the email message accompanying the submission, please include the following information:

  • Full name and current contact information department and university affiliation
  • Title of thesis
  • Thesis category (masters or doctoral);
  • A brief abstract;
  • Name of your thesis advisor, and
  • Names and email addresses for 4-5 potential reviewers. (note:  Reviewers must not be committee members or faculty at the student’s university, or associated with the project in any way. Key authors in the field (e.g., from student bibliographies) would be appropriate.)

Submission Deadline: The submission deadline is November 8, 2014. Please see submission details at: http://hmgsg.org/jacquesmaythesisprize/

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