Best Conference Paper Award Procedures

Award Description

This award recognizes the author(s) of an original paper identified as the “best conference paper.” The Best Conference Paper Award creates (and recreates) excitement at each conference about papers that are innovative and have the potential to “move the field” forward.


WFRN members who present at the biennial conference.

Nomination Procedure

Calls for nominations are publicized in the conference program and in conference communications.  Anyone can nominate a paper for consideration.  Please submit your nomination by following this link:

Committee Structure

The committee will be composed of 3-4 WFRN members and approved by the Executive Board.  The committee is established by April 1 of the conference year.

In 2024 the awards committee is:

  • Suzan Lewis, Ph.D. Professor of Organisational Psychology. Middlesex University, UK
  • Shweta Singh, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Program Director of Certificate in Empowering Women Leaders and South Asia. Loyola University, USA
  • TBD
  • TBD

Selection Procedure

The Awards Committee evaluates nominations on the following criteria, basing analysis on the paper submission abstracts.

  • Importance of the research question
  • Quality of methods
  • Advancement of theory
  • Potential impact on future research
  • Potential impact on practice or policy

If no clear top recipient is identified, the committee can elect to designate more than one recipient. In order to recognize the potential of scholars at their early career stages, the committee is encouraged to consider the career stage of nominees.

Award Selection Schedule

The award recipient(s) are selected within one month following the conclusion of the biennial conference.