IRCD, The International Research Committee on Disasters is pleased to announce the call for nominee’s for the
SAMUEL HENRY PRINCE
This Award is named for the Canadian, Samuel Prince, who in 1920 wrote the first doctoral dissertation on a disaster topic in the social sciences. This award is given in recognition for initial and notable accomplishments by disaster researchers in the social and behavioral sciences. The intent of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Disasters in giving this award is to encourage the early identification of exceptional research talent, to the extent it can be indicated by a doctoral dissertation.
All nominees should send the following:
- Curriculum Vita (limit 5 pages)
- Dissertation Abstract (5-8 pages) must address how the dissertation is innovative, cutting edge methodologically and grounded within relevant disaster frameworks, and applicable to the disaster field (see assessment criteria).
- Two letters of recommendation from dissertation advisors, committee members, or others familiar with the research. Letters should be sent separately and should incorporate assessment criteria and overall quality of the dissertation.
If you know a doctoral dissertation in one of the social or behavioral sciences completed between 2010 and 2014 that you think deserves consideration for the Prince Award, please have the nominee send all relevant materials to the committee.
All application materials should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2014. Please send CV and abstract as one pdf file.
The Samuel H. Prince Award for a Doctoral Dissertation on a Disaster Topic in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
This award is named for the Canadian, Samuel Prince, who in 1920 wrote the first doctoral dissertation on a disaster topic in the social sciences. It is given in recognition for initial and notable accomplishments by disaster researchers in the social and behavioral sciences. The intent of the ISA research Committee in giving this award is to encourage the early identification of exceptional research talent, to the extent it can be indicated by a doctoral dissertation. The selection guidelines follow.
- The Committee should be able to professionally evaluate dissertations from across the social and behavioral sciences.
- Nominees for the award should ever be publicly identified except for a selected winner.
- If needed, the President and Board of the IRCD can serve as “tie-breakers”.
- A nominee considered for the award in one year but not selected can be re-nominated in a future year.
- If the committee believes that no nominated dissertations are appropriate for the award, then a decision can be made to make no award.
- Doctoral dissertations (not master’s theses) are the subject of the Prince Award.
- The dissertations eligible for the award in a given year must have been earned in that year or the three previous years (a four year award window).
- The decision of the Prince Award Committee is final and not subject to appeal or review.
- The winner of the Prince Award will be given an appropriate plaque and a free one year membership in the IRCD.
Samuel Henry Prince Award Dissertation Assessment Criteria
- Innovativeness: Is the research innovative in the development of ideas and/or advancing knowledge in the chosen problem area? How does the research break new ground?
- Research Quality: Is the research at the cutting edge with respect to appropriate methods, as well as being soundly grounded within relevant disaster frameworks?
- Applicability: Has the dissertation addressed topics, or presented findings, of broad relevance to the disasters field, preferable of an interdisciplinary and international nature?
- Implementation: What effect is the dissertation’s findings likely to have on the practice of disaster management?
- Accessibility/Communication: Is the presentation of the material clearly written and accessible to non-specialists?