Wallace E. Oates Oustanding Doctoral
Dissertation Award: Nomination Instructions

The Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award was initiated in 2013 and first awarded in 2014.  The award is given at the AERE Luncheon and Business Meeting held each year at the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) annual meeting in early January.  The winner receives a $1,500 cash award along with a $500 travel grant to attend a recognition ceremony at the luncheon.  The winner’s dissertation abstract is also published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE).  A list of prior awardees can be found here.

Criteria for selection:  Dissertations will be judged by a panel of AERE members who will emphasize originality of research, quality of implementation, expositional clarity, along with intellectual and practical significance of research findings.

Nomination Process:  Nominees must have written a doctoral dissertation in environmental or resource economics.  Nominations must come from the chair (co-chairs) of the nominee’s dissertation committee and must include (1) a nominating letter from the chair outlining the particular strengths and intellectual contributions of the dissertation, and (2) an electronic version of the final and completed doctoral dissertation. The nominating chair of the dissertation committee must be a current AERE member at the time of nomination.

Nominees must have completed all the requirements for their doctoral degree by August 15 of the year in which they are being considered for the award, which includes acceptance of the final and complete dissertation by the nominee's university (the degree may be officially conferred in a graduation ceremony at a later date, usually no later than the end of the calendar year). 

Nominations should be sent by email to Professor Amy Ando (amyando@illinois.edu).  The email subject line should read "AERE Dissertation Award."  Receipt of nomination packages will be confirmed via email.

Note:  The cycle for this award changed between 2016 and 2017.  Please refer to the schedule below to determine which award a nominee is eligible for:


Award
Year
Date (location) of
AERE Lunch at which
award is announced
Eligibility:  
Dates between which all degree

requirements must be completed.
Date nomination
is due to AERE
committee chair
2017 January 6, 2018
(Philadelphia, PA)
January 1, 2016 to August 15, 2017 August 15, 2017
2018 January 5, 2019
(Atlanta, GA)
August 16, 2017 to August 15, 2018 August 15, 2018
2019 January 4, 2020
(San Diego, CA)
August 16, 2018 to August 15, 2019 August 15, 2019
2020 January 4, 2021
(Chicago, IL)
August 16, 2019 to August 15, 2020 August 15, 2020
2021 January 8, 2022
(Boston, MA)
August 16, 2020 to August 15, 2021 August 15, 2021
2022 January 7, 2023
(New Orleans, LA)
August 16, 2021 to August 15, 2022 August 15, 2022

 

Awards Ceremony:  The Outstanding Dissertation Award ceremony takes place at the the AERE Luncheon and Business Meeting held each year at the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) annual meeting in early January.  Awardees will be notified in advance to provide ample time to make travel arrangements to attend the luncheon.