45th Annual Mid-South Sociological Association Conference

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45th Annual MSSA Conference -  Focusing Attention on Intersecting Systems of Oppression in the #MeToo Era


(1) Submit a completed paper in the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

(2) Present your completed or ongoing research in the paper or poster session at the conference on Friday, October 25th at 9:00 am or 2:30 pm.

The 2019 Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. Conference will be held in Jackson, Mississippi – October 24-26, 2019. (Conference Hotel – Jackson Marriott).

(Deadline: October 1, 2019)

The Competition - The Mid-South Sociological Association invites the submission of student papers for its annual Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. The competition is open to students in the Mid-South Region and to other undergraduate students who are members of the Mid-South Sociological Association. A prize of $50 will be awarded for the best paper. The authors of the papers selected will be presented with certificates of merit after presentations of their papers at the 45th Annual MSSA Conference in Jackson, Mississippi – October 24-26, 2019.

Rules for the Competition

× Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter requesting participation in the undergraduate competition session. The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, the email address and the telephone number of the author(s).

× The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 20 double-spaced pages of text, not counting abstract, references, tables, and figures. Identifying information for the writer and school should be removed from the paper for ‘blind’ review.

× Papers may be co-authored with a maximum of three undergraduate student authors. Papers that list co-authors who are graduate students or faculty will not be considered in this category.

× Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for this competition.

× Each submission will be evaluated by a committee of scholars and members of Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. Evaluation will be based on (1) originality, (2) contribution or potential contribution to the discipline, (3) quality and clarity of arguments, and (4) technical writing (i.e. neatness, use of an appropriate format, grammar, spelling, etc.).

To receive full recognition for participation, submissions must meet deadlines and participants must present their papers at the 45th Annual Conference. Winners are also expected to be present at the awards banquet to receive their award. Submitting students  are strongly encouraged to seek faculty guidance prior to submission of papers.

Papers submitted for presentation in the regular or poster sessions (but not in the competition) should be written for an academic audience, and, include appropriate and complete attributions of content. Please indicate on your submission whether your completed paper is to entered in the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition or is being submitted for a session presentation only.

Papers (in Word, rtf, or PDF format) should be submitted by email to Dr. Patricia K. Gleich, MSSA Vice-President Elect, at It is the responsibility of the submitter to provide a paper that is readable, in one of the formats noted above.

In case you do not know us, the Mid-South Sociological Association, Inc. (MSSA), founded in 1975, is a 501-C(3) organization providing both professional support to and a forum for sociologists who teach, conduct research, primarily in the Southeastern Region of the US, and whose interests include a focus on social justice and equality.

Through its publications, annual conference, academic support and networks, MSSA promotes the advancement of high-quality sociological research, the diffusion of knowledge, teaching and the growth of the next generation of sociologists, and the value of ethical, professional service.

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For information about the undergraduate student papers - please contact Dr. Gleich directly at


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