2021 CURO Symposium Best Paper Awards

Deadline: February 25, 2021 (Extended, March 4, 2021)

The Best Paper Awards recognize excellence among papers written on work being presented at that year’s CURO Symposium.

Best Papers are considered 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 address.


To be eligible for a Best Paper Award, applicants must be presenting at the CURO Symposium in the oral and/or poster session(s). Students presenting together at the Symposium interested in a joint Best Paper submission please contact Dr. Maria Navarro (mnavarro@uga.edu).


Best Paper submissions are part of the main Symposium application/abstract submission process. You will find a link to submit a Best Paper on the student home page once you're logged in.

Papers should be no longer than 10 pages (excluding references and appendices), double spaced, and with a font no smaller than 11 points.


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 will be February 25, 2021 (Extended to March 4, 2021). Best Paper Award recipients will be announced before the Symposium. Award recipients will be presented with a certificate and a $100 award. Their award will be announced in the awards section of the Symposium eLC.