2022 CURO Symposium Best Paper Awards

Deadline: February 11, 2022 (at noon) 

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; and Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Award recipients will be presented with a certificate and a $100 reward 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 10 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 11, 2022 (at noon). 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.