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Deadline April 15, 2007. AEA is pleased to offer an extensive travel award program thanks, in part, to the generosity of donations from professional development speaker’s fees. The Association awards two types of student travel awards, each with its own criteria and submission process.


TYPE I AWARDS: Up to ten $500 travel awards will awarded to full-time students to offset their conference attendance costs. The awards will be competitively chosen based on a short essay from the applicants focusing on the Presidential Strand theme of Evaluation and Learning.

Details of the Type I Awards: The theme of the 2007 conference is “Evaluation and Learning.” Throughout this event, we will be exploring what it means to learn from evaluation and the ways in which evaluation facilitates learning at the individual, group, organization, community, and policy levels. Over the last several years, evaluators have become increasingly interested in and committed to stakeholder, participatory, collaborative, democratic, deliberative, and empowerment evaluation approaches. At the same time, evaluators have expanded their search for ways to make evaluation more accessible, meaningful, and useful to stakeholders and audiences with whom they work. For example, evaluators’ adoption of increasingly sophisticated and creative uses of technology (including knowledge management systems), the application of systems theory to evaluative thinking, wide-ranging evaluation capacity-building efforts, and the adaptation of various forms of inquiry for evaluation purposes (e.g., Appreciative Inquiry) are just a few ways in which evaluation may influence the degree to which, and the ways in which, learning may occur.


Students who apply for this award will be expected to write an essay of up to 500 words on the relationship between “Evaluation and Learning.” Applicants should describe, explain, speculate, and/or imagine, what evaluation looks like (or would look like) when it is conceptualized, designed, and implemented as a means for enhancing individual, group, organization, community and/or policy learning. The winning essays will be judged on the extent to which the essay reflects the conference theme and the quality of writing. (Essays longer than 500 words will be eliminated from the competition).


This award provides an excellent opportunity for students to reflect on this year’s theme and to contribute to developing a larger framework for what it means to learn from and about evaluation. In addition to being awarded $500 for travel, the winning students will be invited to participate on a panel during the conference, where they will be asked to share the highlights of their essays. In addition, a highly respected and internationally known scholar in the field of adult and workplace learning will be asked to respond to the content of the students’ essays. It is also possible that excerpts from outstanding contributions, with full attribution, may be submitted as part of a manuscript to be reviewed for publication in the American Journal of Evaluation.


  1. Send an emailed cover letter to Heidi Nye in the AEA office at As the subject line for your email, note “Submission for Type I Student Travel Awards”, and in the body of the email indicate the college or university at which you are enrolled full-time.

  2. As an attachment to your email, send your essay as described above. Please send your essay as a word or rtf file and be sure that the total words in your essay do not exceed 500. Send both the cover email and the essay, together, by midnight in the Eastern time zone in the United States on April 15, 2007.

Students selected to receive a Type I travel award will be notified by July 3, 2007.

TYPE II AWARDS: Deadline March 16, 2007. Up to four $500 travel awards are available to full-time students submitting conference proposals for papers identifying ways to increase the racial/ethnic diversity of people entering the field of evaluation and/or ways to increase the cultural competencies of evaluators more generally. All students may compete for these scholarships; however, special consideration will be given to students who themselves will increase the racial/ethnic diversity of presenters at the conference. Winning proposals will be presented during a special session sponsored by the Multiethnic Issues TIG. Proposals that do not win will be reviewed as part of the general pool of proposal submissions.



  1. Send an emailed cover letter to Imelda Castaneda-Emenaker at In the subject line of your email, note “Submission for Type II Student Travel Awards” and in the body of your email indicate a) the college or university at which you are enrolled full-time, b) your racial or ethnic background, and c) the title of the proposal you intend to submit. Questions may be directed to Dr. Castaneda-Emenaker via email or via phone at (513) 556-3816.

  2. Submit the proposal itself by the March 16, 2007 deadline using the regular conference proposal submission guidelines and forms available online by clicking here. Select “Multiethnic Issues TIG” as the group to review your proposal. Only proposals that focus on the issues stated above will be considered.

Students selected to receive a Type II travel award will be notified by July 3, 1007.


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