2013-09-18

Ruth Strang Research Award

The Ruth Strang Research Award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to the body of literature concerning women in higher education. This award encourages high-quality research related to women in higher education and seeks to promote research by, for, and about women. Submissions may be published or unpublished articles, academic papers, book chapters, or portfolios that show strong scholarship and address topics relevant to the education of women and their personal and professional development.

Applications are due Friday, December 7, 2018 and applicants will be notified by January 7, 2019 regarding status. 


Applicants will be assessed on:
  • Originality: The author has developed content that is original. The reader is challenged to think about the topic in a new way.
  • Relevance to Literature/Women in Higher Education: The document not only supplements, but advances prior research and literature about women in higher education.
  • Clarity of Ideas and Structural Organization: The author clearly expresses his/her thoughts and maintaining the reader's interest. The order and flow of the information contributes to a well-developed manuscript.
  • Data: Data are appropriately and accurately derived and presented.
Entrants must be:
  • Current members of NASPA;
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students, college faculty, or professionals working in student affairs or related fields.


Award Information

Deadline: Dec. 07, 2018

Entrants must be:

  1. Current member(s) of NASPA
  2. Currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students, college faculty, or professionals working in Student Affairs or related fields

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Application Requirements

Below is an outline of the requirements for the award. 

  • A coversheet with the title of the abstract and the author’s name and address (this must appear in a document separate from the full abstract);
  • The abstract must be double-spaced and not include identifying information, such as college or town names.
  • A brief bibliography at the end of the abstract;
  • The body of the abstract must not exceed 3,500 words and should be divided into four sections:
    1. Research rationale and brief literature review
    2. Statement of the hypothesis/problem
    3. Methodology employed and rationale for its selection
    4. Significant findings and relevance to student affairs in particular and post-secondary education in general
  • Include a link to the written work or attach to the application.

Current Recipients


Past Recipients

  • 2017 | Nina Daoud

    Research Associate - University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

  • 2016 | Leah Reinert

    Graduate School Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate - University of Minnesota