The Society currently makes eleven annual awards recognizing the accomplishments and excellence of scholars in the field. Calls for nominations are typically made in March of each year and awards are presented at the business meeting of the Political Methodology Section at the APSA's annual conference.

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The Gosnell Prize

The Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology is awarded for the best work in political methodology presented at any political science conference during the preceding year.

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The Miller Prize

The Miller Prize for is awarded for the best work appearing in Political Analysis the preceding year.

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The John T. Williams Dissertation Prize

In recognition of John T. Williams’ contribution to graduate training, the John T. Williams Award has been established for the best dissertation proposal in the area of political methodology.

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The SPM Poster Award

The Society for Political Methodology Poster Awards are given for the best poster presented by a graduate student and the best poster presented by a faculty member or other researcher at the annual summer Methodology Meeting of the previous year.

  • Erin Rossiter (Washington University in St. Louis), Kelsey Shoub (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Erin Hartman (UCLA) View Citation

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The Latin American PolMeth Best Poster Award

The Latin American PolMeth Best Poster Award is given for the best poster presented at the Latin American PolMeth meeting.

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The Asian Political Methodology Meeting Best Poster Award

The Asian Political Methodology Meeting Best Poster Award is given for the best poster presented at APMM each year.

  • Soichiro Yamauchi (Harvard University) and Naijia Liu (Princeton University View Citation

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The Political Methodology Career Achievement Award

The career achievement is the highest honor bestowed by the Society and recognizes the foundational, distinguished and sustained contributions to the field and the Society made by the recipients over their careers.

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The Statistical Software Award

The Best Statistical Software Award recognizes individuals for developing statistical software that makes a significant research contribution.

  • Graeme Blair (UCLA), Jasper Cooper (Princeton), Alexander Coppock (Yale), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia and WZB Berlin), Clara Bicalho (WZB Berlin), Neal Fultz (Comake), Lily Medina (WZB Berlin), Aaron Rudkin (UCLA), and Luke Sonnet (UCLA) for DeclareDesign View Citation

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The Political Methodology Emerging Scholar Award

The Political Methodology Emerging Scholar Award honors a young researcher, within ten years of their degree, who is making notable contributions to the field of political methodology.

  • Teppei Yamamoto (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) View Citation

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Society for Political Methodology Excellence in Mentoring Award

The Society for Political Methodology Excellence in Mentoring Award honors members of the Society who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring and advising graduate and / or undergraduate students and, in particular, those from underrepresented groups.

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The Political Analysis Outstanding Reviewer Award

The Political Analysis Outstanding Reviewer Award recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary assistance to Political Analysis during the previous year. Outstanding Reviewers are those who provide excellent, timely and productive feedback for authors who have submitted manuscripts to Political Analysis. Outstanding Reviewers are also those who frequently review for the journal, and who provide the Editors with productive advice about the submissions they review.

  • Jay Goodliffe, Brigham Young University
  • Natalie Jackson, Public Religion Research Institute

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Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier & John A. Garcia ICPSR Scholarships

The Society for Political Methodology and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) have worked together to establish two scholarship awards that are intended to encourage women and under-represented graduate students to attend the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Award winners will be invited to present their work at the poster session of the summer meeting. More information about the scholarships can be found here.

  • 2018 Box-Steffensmeier Award: Bianca DiGiovanni (University of Chicago), Kathryn Overton (University of New Mexico)
  • 2018 Garcia Award: Stephen Omar El-Khatib (University of California, Riverside), Andres Sandoval (Tulane University), Marco Alcocer (University of California, San Diego)

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AERoPUP Program

The Advanced Empirical Research on Politics for Undergraduates Program (AERoPUP) is designed to support undergraduate empirical research in any and all fields which connects to political questions.

  • 2018-2019: Matthew Harpe (Harvard University), Nikki Lin (University of Pennsylvania), Yihang (Genna) Liu (Dartmouth College), Danielle Niangar (University of Houston), Akhil Rajan (Yale University), Sierra Wiese (Indiana University), Alan Yan (University of California, Berkeley)

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