TxCFR 2016 Student Paper Competition Form

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New Student Paper Submission Deadline is January 15th, 2016

**NOTE: The following form is for Graduate and Undergraduate students that intend to submit a research paper to be evaluated for the 2016 TxCFR Student Paper Competition.

The winner of this year's TxCFR Student Paper award:

  • will receive a $100 award
  • will receive recognition at the TxCFR Conference (attendance required)
  • will advance to the National Council on Family Relations Student Paper Competition

Students wishing to submit a research paper for consideration as a presentation at the conference, please see the 2016 TxCFR Conference Proposal Form.

Student Contact Information
Student Name (required)
University Affiliation (required)
Student is a(n): (required)Undergraduate StudentGraduate Student
Student Email (required)
Student Address (required)
Student Contact Phone # (required)

Student Paper Information & Guidelines

  • Papers addressing the conference theme of Partnering with Schools are encouraged, however all papers on family-related topics (that meet the following guidelines) are welcome
  • Each submitted paper must include an abstract with a length of 120 words or less
  • Each submitted paper must be in APA format: Double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins throughout
  • Each submitted paper must be no longer than 30 typed pages, including references, tables, and figures, and must include an abstract of no more than 120 words.
  • Students submitting papers must be the sole or first author of the original work.
  • Any authors' names and/or any easily-identifiable author information should be removed or redacted from the student paper submission.
  • Papers already published or presented at a national conference are not eligible.
  • Papers currently under review for publication will be accepted.
  • Dissertation or thesis projects are acceptable if manuscripts have been condensed to 30 pages or less.
  • All papers submitted will be evaluated on the following criteria: (see Outstanding Student Paper Award Rubric)
    • Appropriate and accurate American Psychological Association (APA) format
    • Uniqueness of research questions (topic must be relevant to families)
    • Degree to which finding(s) contribute to the field
    • Clarity of writing
    • Good application of family theory
    • Comprehensive literature review that builds on previous work and indicates a scholarly foundation
    • Research methods are clearly described, sound, and appropriate for topic (sample, procedure, analysis, etc.)
    • Results/findings are clearly described
    • Conclusions are consistent with results and clearly discussed
    • Implications for practitioners and/or researchers are clearly presented and findings contribute to the field

What is the Title of Paper? (required)

Provide an abstract of your paper in the text box below. (120 words or less)(required)

**NOTE: The student paper should have NO AUTHOR NAMES or EASILY-IDENTIFIABLE AUTHOR INFORMATION to ensure an impartial anonymous review process.

**Student Paper File Upload**
Using the "Browse" button below to upload the Student Paper. (Only one file allowed in this section; 5MB File Size Limit)


  • The Deadline for receiving proposals is NOW 11:59pm CST January 15th, 2016.
  • Student Paper Competition Winners must register for and attend the 2016 TxCFR Conference in Plano, Texas.
  • Student's contact information will only be used for the purposes of student paper competition.


When you press the "Submit" button below, you will send the student contact information and the student paper file upload selected above to the Texas Council on Family Relations. Once submitted, you will see a notification at the bottom of this page indicating whether this information was successfully submitted or not. In addition the student will receive a confirmation email if successfully submitted.

For more information or questions about the 2016 TxCFR Student Paper Competition, contact student paper competition coordinator, Dr. Shelia Lumar.