Call for nominations: 2015 Tom Trabasso Young Investigator Award

Nominations are invited for the Tom Trabasso Young Investigator Award of the Society for Text and Discourse. The Award honors early-career scholars who have contributed in an exceptional and innovative way to the progress of discourse research.

The following criteria will be considered in conferring the Award:

1.      Significant contribution to the scientific understanding of discourse processing and text analysis.

2.      Superior promise as a leader in the field

Recognitions and Privileges

The recipient will be recognized in the form of a citation of 100-150 words.

The recipient will receive a suitably engraved plaque.

The recipient will be invited to give a presentation at the upcoming or subsequent annual meeting of the Society.

Selection Committee

The selection committee comprises four current and former members of the Governing Board of the Society, with a minimum of two current members. The current composition is: David Rapp (chair), Tobias Richter, Johanna Kaakinen, and Panayiota Kendeou.


(1)     A letter of recommendation which includes:
(a)     The candidate’s name
(b)     Date that an advanced professional degree was awarded
(c)     Detailed description of the nominee’s scientific and professional contributions
(2)     The Nominee’s Curriculum vitae


A nominee must have received an advanced professional degree within the past 10 years. Nominations must be made or endorsed by a member of the Society for Text and Discourse (ST&D). If the nominator is not an ST&D member, then the nomination package must include an endorsement from a current Society member. Self-nomination is allowed. Members of the Young Investigator Award Committee cannot serve as nominators.  Those who submitted nominations last year need only update their nomination.


The materials must be received by 4 PM on May 15, 2015. They should be sent in electronic form to The subject line should read “Tom Trabasso Young Investigator Award Nomination.”

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