ISA-South Jim Winkates Graduate Student Paper Competition

Graduate students are invited to participate in the ISA-South Jim Winkates Graduate Student Paper Award competition sponsored by the ISA-South Region of ISA. The region has named the award in honor of Dr. Jim Winkates in recognition of his contributions to the discipline and his support for graduate students.


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  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. The competition is open to any graduate student who is enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the ISA-South conference.
  3. To be eligible in any given year, the student must attend the ISA-South Conference and present her or his paper as a member of a panel on the official conference program.
  4. To be considered for an award, students must attend the Saturday luncheon at the South 2019 conference and must be active ISA members.
  • Three prizes will be awarded:
  • - Grand Prize: $250
  • - First Runner-up: $200
  • - Second Runner-up: $150
  • Additional non-monetary awards will include a one-year paid membership in ISA and ISA South and a plaque acknowledging the award, presented at the annual ISA-South conference banquet.
  • The criteria for judging the papers include mastery of the field, originality, logic, organization, good writing, and proper documentation
  • The awards will be announced at the ISA-South conference banquet (NOTE: the Paper Competition Coordinator reserves the right to decide not to award prizes if a sufficient number of graduate student papers are not submitted for the competition)
  • Both undergraduate and graduate papers that have been accepted to the ISA South conference can be submitted for this award. Students who wish to enter the competition must submit their papers by email to Kirsten Taylor by September 6th.



Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the ISA-South Jim Winkates Graduate Student Paper Competition, (1st) Abdiasis Issa, (2nd) Kimbra L. Fishel, and (3rd) William Kakenmaster! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient
2020 Abdiasis Issa (1st); Kimbra L. Fishel (2nd); William Kakenmaster (3rd)
2018 Karthikeya Thiagarajan
2016 Christopher Faulkner (1st); Rebecca Schiel (2nd); Megan Lounsbury (3rd)
2013 Karen Bodnaruk Jazayeri, Ning Liao, Joshua Massey and Anup Phayal
2012 Sarah Fisher
2011 Melanie Kolbe


Kirsten Taylor | Region President
Berry College

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