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Dear INSNA Members,


Just a short email to solicit nominations for two awards to be made at Sunbelt XXXIII 21-26 May 2013 in Hamburg, Germany.


1.      The Richards Award.  The William D. Richards, Jr. Software Award is a "lifetime achievement award" to honor individuals who have created publically available social network analysis software without which it would be impossible to study social networks.  It is named in honor of former INSNA President Bill Richards. The award is made biennially and consists of a prize of $2,500 for expenses to attend Sunbelt and the engraving of the award recipient(s) on a plaque with future honorees.  The winner of this award is selected by a committee designated by the INSNA Board president.  Suggested recipients are nominated by members of the committee and by any interested members of the social network community at large.  The Committee considers the nominated candidates' contributions and qualifications through a series of electronic discussions.  Past award winners include Steven P. Borgatti, Martin G. Everett, and Linton C. Freeman for UCINET (2011) and William D. Richards, Jr. and Andrew Seary for Negopy and MultiNet/Negopy (2009).


Martin Everett (Chair), Bernie Hogan, and Steve Borgatti have agreed to serve on the screening committee for this award.  Letters of nominations and support should be sent to the chair at [log in to unmask].  The recipient will be announced in May at Sunbelt XXXIII.


2.      The Best Student Paper Award.  The award is given annually to a graduate student in recognition of research on social network analysis.  For the 2013 competition, students should submit a paper (pdf file written in English) by 15 February 2013. The winner of the award will be announced at Sunbelt XXXIII. To be eligible, the student must be the first (or sole) author on the submitted paper at the time of submission. The paper may be published or unpublished and must have been completed within two years of the submission deadline.


A letter of support should be submitted as well.  Papers are evaluated by a committee based on the level of originality in the ideas and techniques, the possible applications and their treatment, and potential impact. The committee may arrive at the conclusion that none of the submitted papers merits the award.  The prize for the best student paper is $2,500.  Laura Koehly (Chair), Filip Agneessens, and Mario Diani have agreed to serve on this committee.  Please send all application materials to INSNA President, John Skvoretz, [log in to unmask].


One more thing.  I attach to this email a request for proposals to host Sunbelt XXXV in 2015 and Sunbelt XXXVI in 2016 and Sunbelt XXXVII in 2017.  The Board needs to make a recommendation on the 2015 conference for sure at our meeting in May during the Sunbelt and would like to begin consideration of proposals for the 2016 and 2017 meetings.


John Skvoretz, President



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