News & Updates
The Summer 2017 Southern AIR is now available.

Now accepting proposals for the SAIR 2017 conference in Fort Worth, TX.

Now accepting Nominations for the SAIR Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.

The Winter 2017 Southern AIR is now available.

The Fall 2016 Southern AIR is now available.

Larry Jones Student Travel Grant Information

Established in 2005 to honor past SAIR president and executive board member Larry G. Jones, the travel grant will be awarded annually to a deserving graduate student who meets the award criteria outlined below. A total of $500 will be awarded to the successful applicant to defray travel expenses associated with the annual SAIR conference and the conference registration fee will be waived as well.

The applicant for the Larry G. Jones Graduate Student Travel Grant must be currently enrolled as a graduate student at either the master’s or PhD level at an accredited institution of higher education. Enrollment must be verified via letter from the registrar of the home institution. The applicant must also have submitted a scholarly paper which has been accepted for presentation at the annual SAIR conference.

Larry G. Jones Graduate Student Travel Award Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following materials no later than July 31 of the conference year to the SAIR awards chair.

For 2017, the materials should be submitted to :

Alice Simpkins
Paine College
1235 15th St
Augusta, GA 30901 803‐645‐8367
Phone: (803) 645-8367
Email: amssgr70@gmail.com

  1. An abstract of the paper accepted for presentation at the SAIR conference.
  2. A statement (3-page maximum) by the applicant, indicating the importance of the research for which the paper was written, the applicant’s contribution to the project (including an estimation of the amount of time spent on it), and the relevance of this research experience to the applicant’s career plans.
  3. A resume that includes any other institutional research-related activities.
  4. A letter of reference (3-page maximum) from the graduate student’s advisor, indicating the student’s intellectual contribution to the project; an estimate of the time the student has spent on the project; an assessment of the independence of the applicant in carrying out the project; an assessment of the applicant’s ability to critically analyze relevant literature and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing); and an assessment of the applicant’s future in institutional research or related fields.
  5. A sealed letter from the registrar of the home institution verifying the enrollment status of the applicant
  6. Contact information including name, mailing address, phone number (s) and e-mail

Judging Criteria

The Awards Committee will use the following criteria to judge the applicant based on the materials submitted for consideration:

50% = The student’s contribution to the project (e.g., Was the student first author? To what extent did the student contribute to the completion of the project? Was the student aware of the significance of the project? Did the student work independently?)

25% = The quality of the project (e.g., Did the project appear to address an important question? Did the methods appear appropriate? Did the project appear particularly easy or difficult to conduct?)

25% = The quality of the candidate’s statement

Past Winners

  • 2016: Holly Thomas
  • 2014: Mondrail Myrick
  • 2013: Jaya K. Soni
  • 2012: Austin Ryland
  • 2011: Jay Prakash Mishra
  • 2010: Chary-Sy Copeland
  • 2009: Emily C. Saleh
  • 2006: Deborah Worley
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