2024 CURO Symposium Best Paper Awards

Deadline: February 28, 2024

The Best Paper Awards recognize excellence among the papers associated with work presented at that year’s CURO Symposium.

We grant Best Paper Awards in the following categories:

  • Life Sciences
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Arts, Humanities, and Media
  • Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Public Service and Outreach

Award recipients will be presented with a certificate and a $100 award during the Symposium Keynote Session.


To be eligible for a Best Paper Award, applicants must present work associated with that paper at the CURO Symposium, either in the oral or poster session. Undergraduate students presenting together at the Symposium -and- who are interested in a joint Best Paper submission, should contact the CURO office at (curo@uga.edu).


Best Paper submissions occur as part of the main Symposium application/abstract submission process. Upon logging-in to the submission systems, students will find a link to submit a Best Paper on their home page.

Best paper submissions should be no longer than 15 pages (excluding references and appendices), double spaced, and with no smaller than an 11-point font.


Each submission will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • originality in topic
  • design of research
  • clarity in stating the problem or thesis
  • thoroughness in treatment of topic within the maximum page limit
  • limitations or conclusions drawn
  • understanding of research principles
  • appreciation for technical principles
  • adherence to conventions of the discipline
  • organization of the research paper
  • use of acceptable grammar and proper spelling
  • definition of terms when necessary
  • clarity of meaning

The deadline for submissions is February 26, 2024. We will announce Best Paper Award recipients before the Symposium. Recipients will receive a certificate and a $100 award, and we will announce their award during the Keynote Session of the Symposium.