Capturing key priority areas, the APASA scholarship committee awards an annual paper prize to a JAPAS article that exemplifies the following:
Innovation: The articles topic/content is original and/or addresses a gap in literature.
Background: The article is properly contextualized (either theoretically or practically).
Methodology: The article contains substantive methodology that clearly articulates how the study progressed from the research questions to findings and/or results.
Data Sources: The article is empirical/data-driven and/or reliant on primary sources.
Interdisciplinary: The article is interdisciplinary and is able to reach an audience outside its primary discipline.
All published submissions for a given year will be automatically considered for the prize.
Awardees receive the following:
Public acknowledgement through APASA announcements
One year of free APASA membership
Conference registration fee waiver
Invitation to present at annual APASA Café JAPAS Article Award Lecture
Letter of assessment from committee
Article award: Steven Thalheimer. “A Little More in the World: Why Amish Parents Choose to Send Their Children to Public Schools.” (Vol. 9 Issue 1, pp. 27-54)
Honorable mention: Rebecca Shenton. "Caring for the Land and the Livestock: Anabaptist Agricultural Practices in Europe and Colonial Pennsylvania." (Vol. 9 Issue 2, pp. 111-24)
Article award: Vlatka Škender. “Flesh, Freundschaft, and Fellowship: Towards a Holistic Model of the Amish Kinship System” (Vol. 8 Issue 1, pp. 1-22)
Honorable mention: Amy Harris-Aber. "Claiming a Piece of Tradition: Community Discourse in Russian Mennonite Community Cookbooks." (Vol. 8 Issue 2, pp. 139-158)