Naomi C. Turner Prize

This prize honors the best paper written and presented at the annual conference by a student(s). This prize was endowed by WAPOR past president Fred Turner in memory of his mother. Fred was president of WAPOR in 1989-1990. The author(s) will receive $500.

Submission: The author(s) will have had their abstract accepted for presentation to the WAPOR 76th Annual Conference. Authors will then submit their completed papers electronically (send to by the deadline of July 15, 2023  (by 11:59 pm ET). Entries are expected to be approximately 15 to 25 pages in length, font Times New Roman 12, double-spaced. References citation format: APA.  Lengthy tables or other statistical calculations (over 1 page length) should be included in an appendix. The appendix is not counted towards the overall paper length. The paper may have multiple authors; all authors on an entry must meet the eligibility requirements for the award (i.e. being student of a PhD student).

A panel of researchers from WAPOR’s membership–drawn from the academic, government, and commercial sectors–will evaluate the submissions. Competitors will be notified of a decision prior to the start of the annual conference. The committees reserve the right not to give an award.

Past Award Winners

1995 – Salma I. Ghanem, USA
1996 – Andreina Mandelli, Italy
1997 – None awarded
1998 – Dietram A. Scheufele, USA
1999 – None awarded
2000 – Gregor Petric, Slovenia
2001 – Yariv Tsfati, USA
2002 – Seung-Ahn Nah and Hernando Rojas, USA
2003 – Lilach Nir, USA
2004 – Yufen Chen, USA; Honorable Mention: Homero Gil de Zúñiga, USA
2005 – Roei Davidson, USA
2006 – None Awarded
2007 – Joerg Matthes, Switzerland
2008 – Sebastián Valenzuela, USA
2009 – Martin Degen, Anja Obermüller and Anna-Maria Schielicke, Germany; Honorable Mention: Stefan Geiss, Germany
2010 – Wenlin Liu, USA
2011 – Dmitriy Poznyak, Belgium
2012 – Yu Won Oh and Rebecca Yu, USA
2013 – None awarded
2014 – Mathias Weber and Christina Koehler, Germany
2015 – Marko Kovic, Switzerland
2016 – Alexander Kustov, USA
2017 – Sehrish Mushtaq and Fawad Baig, Germany
2018 – Rosa Seitz and Fabio Votta, Germany
2019 – no winner
2020 – Rico Neumann, USA
2021 – Fernanda Alvarado-Leiton, USA
2022 – Evgenia Kapsousouz, USA

Award Committee Members

2022: Mark Gill (United Kingdom, Chair), Christopher Adams (Canada), Cornelia Mothes, Germany), Thomas Roessing (Germany), Matthew Barnidge (USA).