>Guidelines for 2003 Award Year
>The History of Reading Special Interest Group announces an open call for
>submission to its Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation of the Year Award on the
>history of literacy.  A prize of $200 will be awarded to the masters or
>doctoral student?s work that represents the best scholarship on the history
>of literacy, broadly defined to include the history of authorship, books,
>instruction, audiences, publishing, spelling, reading, and writing.
>The winning thesis or dissertation is announced at the annual meeting of
>the History of Reading SIG, which coincides with the International Reading
>Association?s annual meeting in early May of each year.  In addition to the
>$200 prize, winners of the award receive a special plaque as well as a
>three-year membership in the SIG.
>Recipients of the award are invited to present a paper based on their
>thesis/dissertation as part of the next annual meeting of the SIG.  The
>deadline for submitting applications for the 2003 award is January 15,
>2003; theses/dissertations must have been completed and approved between
>January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2002.
>1. Submit three copies of the ?Title Page Form.?  A downloadable copy of
>this form can be found on the SIG?s website:
>2. Submit three copies of an abstract.  The abstract should be typewritten
>according to the official style required at the sponsoring university.
>Photocopies are acceptable.
>3. Submit three copies of a monograph based on the thesis/dissertation
>research.  The monograph should be no less than five typewritten pages and
>no more than ten pages.  It should be double-spaced and written in English.
>Font size should be no smaller than 12 point.  The monograph should be
>written with no identifying data as to the author or the university
>affiliation.  Include a reference list, which will not be counted as part
>of the 5-10 page body of the monograph.  (NOTE:  Applicants should be
>prepared to submit one copy of the thesis/dissertation itself, if
>4. Submit a signed letter from the faculty sponsor on official letterhead
>of the university, attesting to the degree and date of its award.
>5. Only masters or specialist degree theses/doctoral dissertations which
>have been completed and approved between January 2002 and December 2002
>will be considered for the 2003 award.  More than one thesis/dissertation
>may be submitted from a single university.
>6. The applicant's degree can be in any discipline; however the
>thesis/dissertation must clearly be an historical research project related
>to literacy.
>7. All entries will be judged by a jury of three literacy historians who
>are members of the History of Reading SIG Thesis/Dissertation Award
>Committee.  The decision of the judges will be final.
>8. The envelope containing 3 copies of the Title Page Form, 3 copies of the
>Abstract, 3 copies of the Monograph, and the Faculty Sponsor Letter must be
>postmarked no later than January 15, 2003, and sent to:
>   P. David Pearson
>   Professor and Dean
>   History of Reading SIG Thesis/Dissertation Award, Chair
>   Graduate School of Education
>   1501 Tolman Hall #1670
>   University of California, Berkeley
>   Berkeley CA 94720-1670   USA
>   510 643-6644 (voice)
>   510 643-8904 (fax)
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>9. Additional information and copies of these forms can be found at the
>SIG's webiste:
>10. Application materials that do not adhere strictly to the above

Norman A. Stahl
Professor and Chair
Literacy Education
GH 223
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: (815) 753-9032
FAX:   (815) 753-8563
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about something that he knows, but the man who can write brilliantly about
something of which he knows nothing.  D.B. Jackson----the Royal Air Force

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