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Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2010

The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that:

(1) apply symbolic interactionist approaches to Internet studies,

(2) demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and communication technologies as advocated by Couch, and/or

(3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions. Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of:

  1. mastery of Symbolic Interactionist approaches and concepts and Couch theses,
  2. originality,
  3. organization,
  4. presentation, and
  5. advancement of knowledge. Evaluation will be administered by a Review Committee of four: Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; Annette Markham, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; Lois Ann Scheidt, University of Indiana, Bloomington; Dennis Waskul, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all disciplines. Works that are published or accepted for publication are not eligible for award consideration. Entries should not exceed 30 pages (approximately 7,500 words) in length, including references and appendices. Limit of one entry per student per year. The top three papers will receive Couch Awards to be presented at the 2010 meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers ( at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The top paper will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize of $500 US, runner up will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $300 US, and a third paper will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $100 US. All three authors will be invited to present their work at a session of the AoIR conference, October 20-23, 2010 in Gothenburg. Those interested should send a copy of their paper, with a 100-word abstract, electronically to Mark D. Johns at Application deadline has been extended to May 15, 2010. Notification of award will be sent by June 15. Those with questions or comments about Couch Award application, please contact: Mark D. Johns, Dept. of Communication Studies, Luther College, Decorah, IA 52101 USA. Tel: 563-387-1347. E-mail: