Submit Your Nomination for the WFRN Best Conference Paper Award by June 1, 2024

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:

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.