SCP Dissertation Proposal Competition


Society for Consumer Psychology Annual Dissertation Proposal Competition; Deadline 2 May 2011

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The Society for Consumer Psychology
Annual Dissertation Proposal Competition

SCP announces its Annual Dissertation Proposal Competition. The winner will receive $1,000, and two runners-up will receive $500. In addition to the monetary award, the three recipients will present their research at the 2012 Winter Society for Consumer Psychology Conference in Las Vegas, NV, and will be recognized at the conference.

The following guidelines will be used to evaluate proposals:

  • Proposals should relate to a topic in the consumer psychology area
  • Submissions should be in the proposal stage, since a key goal of the competition is providing feedback to improve dissertation quality. This means:
    • Final data should not have been collected by the submission date
    • The work may not have been submitted for journal publication

Proposals should include:

  • Title page with title and full contact information for the Author and Dissertation Chair
  • Abstract (with full title at top of page)
  • Brief literature review showing relevance to consumer psychology
  • Research questions, hypotheses, and/or models and their role in advancing existing knowledge in the area, and proposed methodology
  • Explanation of project’s theoretical and practical contributions

Proposals should follow JCP style and MUST conform to:

  • 1-inch margins, double-spacing, and 12 point font
  • 15 page limit (not including title page, abstract, references, and tables/figures)
  • NOTE: adherence to these guidelines is critical to ensuring the equitable consideration of all proposals

In Addition:

  • Candidates must be student members of SCP. Membership can be initiated with submission at
  • Award recipients must agree to register for the 2012 conference and agree to present their work at the conference.
  • Applications MUST include a letter from the Dissertation Chair verifying the stage of the research. Please have the faculty endorsement emailed from the faculty’s email address to Maria Cronley ( no later than May 2, 2011.
  • Send competition submissions to Maria Cronley via an e-mail, MS Word attachment ( no later than May 2, 2011.