MSSA Paper Competition

Would you like to see early publication of your work on Mormons from a thesis, dissertation, senior project, or class paper? The Mormon Social Science Association (MSSA) is sponsoring a student paper competition (both undergraduate and graduate) for papers employing social scientific perspectives in the analysis of Mormon social life and culture.

The top three winners will be invited to present their research at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in a session sponsored by the MSSA, and the papers will be published on the MSSA website ( The winners will also receive $300 each to defray travel costs to the conference. In addition, the first place winner will receive a $100 prize, and a summary of his or her paper will be included in the semi-annual MSSA newsletter. Submission of a paper to this MSSA competition will not preclude submission of the same paper to any other competition.

An abstract of about 250 words must be submitted for each entry by December 31, 2005. The abstract should describe the general nature and thesis of the paper, as well as the kind of data on which it will be based. The completed paper, postmarked by March 1, 2006, should be no longer than 30 pages, including tables, notes, and references. Submissions and questions should be sent electronically to

A $10 submission fee is required but the fee includes a 1-year membership in the MSSA and a 1-year subscription to the MSSA newsletter. Winners will be announced within 1 to 2 months of the submission deadline.

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