AT EVALUATION 2007
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2007. Student volunteers work a 4-hour shift and receive a
waived conference registration. Please
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DEADLINE HAS PASSED!
STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS:
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.
APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR TYPE I AWARDS:
Send an emailed cover letter to
Heidi Nye in the AEA office at
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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,
Students selected to receive a Type I
travel award will be notified by July 3, 2007.
DEADLINE HAS PASSED!
TYPE II AWARDS:
Deadline March 16, 2007.
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.
APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR TYPE II AWARDS:
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.
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.