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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Student Conference Award Nomination Information/Process

The Student Conference Award was established to fund student attendance at the AAPOR Annual Conference. This program is separate from the Burns "Bud" Roper Fellow Awards that are directed to those who are working and in the early stages of their career. The student conference awards are offered to students so that they may attend the annual conference and experience this important educational and professional networking event for survey methodology and public opinion researchers. For the 2023 conference, Student Conference Awards will be $800 each. Student Conference Award winners will be recognized in the Annual Meeting conference program. The awards are funded by the AAPOR General Fund.

Student Conference Award applicants need not be current AAPOR members, but are expected to join at the time of the conference.

The nomination period for the 2023 Student Conference Award is now open. Submissions will be accepted from July 1, 2022 until January 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.


Applicants must be full-time students (including Post-Doctoral scholars) enrolled in college or university programs that teach or use survey and/or public opinion research methods as central tools for research and analysis. These include but are not limited to: survey methodology, anthropology, communications, economics, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology. Awardees must be willing to attend the Thursday night New Member & All Chapter reception, the Saturday night banquet and additional networking events to be determined.

Previous Student Travel/Conference Award, "Bud" Roper Fellows and Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition winners are not eligible for this award.

Preference will be given to:

  • Students with a strong interest in survey and/or public opinion research methods
  • First-time conference attendees
  • Those who might not be able to attend the conference without AAPOR financial support
  • Those participating in the conference program (e.g. paper or poster session presenter or co-author on a paper)

Application Process:

An award application form, and a letter of support from the applicant's faculty advisor or department chair must be received in order to be considered for an AAPOR Student Conference Award. Please be sure to include your name in the application as you would like it to appear in the conference program should you receive an award. 

Awardees will be notified by the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee.