American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration (AAPRA) Best Paper Award


One (1) student will receive a Best Student Paper Award of $500 plus expenses of up to $250 for the author to travel to the Academy’s Annual Meeting to receive the award and present the paper; the paper will be published in Parks & Recreation Magazine.

Certificate of Merit awards will be given to the two (2) next best student papers submitted


A student paper refers to either a master’s thesis or a major professional paper written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master’s degree; or to a senior undergraduate thesis written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree or similar qualification.

The paper must have been completed in the previous two (2) calendar years.

The paper should make a contribution to scholarly literature and have clear implications for the improved practice of park and recreation administration.

Papers written by students who were pursuing a doctoral degree at the time the paper was written are not eligible.

The writer of the winning paper must personally attend the Academy’s annual meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Congress and present a five (5) minute synopsis of his or her paper.


An electronic copy of an executive summary of the paper, not exceeding 1000 words should be submitted to the Chair of the Academy’s Best Paper Award Committee. Summaries exceeding this word limit will not be considered. This is due April 15, 2013.


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