Students in public affairs and public policy graduate programs are invited to submit their research papers authored in 2015 or 2016 on any public and administrative ethics topic, including corruption, integrity, social equity, corporate responsibility and politics. Faculty members may also nominate student paper(s) for submission.

Conference papers, term papers and journal manuscripts are eligible for submission (literature reviews, case studies and review essays are ineligible for entry). Please note that only one submission per student is allowed and the paper should be written entirely by the student (not co-authored). The paper should not exceed 20 pages, including citations and references, and should follow APA format. Each paper will be peer reviewed and judged for its quality, methodology, importance and policy implications, along with clarity in writing.

The winning submission will be awarded a prize of $250 and the author will receive a certificate of recognition from SEIGOV at ASPA's 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta, and will be announced in media publications. The Section will also provide financial support for the winner to attend ASPA’s Conference, March 17 -21, 2017.

All papers are due Dec. 15, 2016. Papers (and questions regarding the competition) should be submitted to Danny Balfour as an email attachment. Please use MSWord (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).