Friday, 26 February 2010

Jake Phillips wins prize

Jake Phillips has won The Brian Williams Memorial Prize for his paper on The Social Construction of Probation in England & Wales and the United States.

We are delighted to announce that Jake Phillips, a student of the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University, has been awarded the Brian Williams Memorial Prize for 2009.

Jake’s paper, entitled The Social Construction of Probation in England & Wales and the United States; Implications for the Transferability of Probation Practice will be published in the next edition of the British Journal of Community Justice - Volume 8 Issue 1 (Spring 2010).

The Brian Williams Memorial Prize Committee, comprising Professor Anne Worrall, Professor Paul Senior and Jean Hine congratulate Jake on his success, and thank all those who submitted papers for the 2009 prize.

The Brian Williams Memorial Prize 2010 will be launched in late Spring 2010. Full details will be available in Volume 8 Issue 1 (Spring 2010). For further information on the British Journal of Community Justice please visit or email

Paper Competition: American Society of Criminology


Sponsored by McGraw-Hill

Any student currently enrolled on a full-time basis in an academic program at either the undergraduate or graduate level is invited to participate in the American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Student Paper Competition. These awards are given to recognize outstanding scholarly work of students. Persons who are previous first place prize winners of this competition are ineligible.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place papers will be awarded prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively, and will be eligible for presentation at the ASC Annual Meeting. The 1st prize winner will also receive a travel award of up to $500 to help defray costs for attending the Annual Meeting.

Paper Specifications: Papers may be conceptual and/or empirical but must be directly related to criminology. The paper can be submitted to only one ASC student competition in the same year. Papers that previously won any prize in any ASC competition are ineligible for submission to another ASC competition.

Papers must be typewritten, double-spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 white paper, and no longer than 7,500 words. The CRIMINOLOGY format for the organization of text, citations and references should be used. The authors' names, departments and advisors (optional) must appear ONLY on the title page, since papers will be evaluated anonymously. The next page of the manuscript should include the title and a 100-word abstract.

The author must submit EIGHT copies of the manuscript, accompanied by a letter indicating the author's enrollment status and co-signed by the dean, department chair or program director. Submissions should be sent to:

Eric Baumer
College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Florida State University
634 W. Call St.
Tallahassee, FL 32306
(850) 645-2305

Deadline: Papers must be postmarked on or before April 15, 2010.

Procedures for Judging Entries: Papers will be reviewed and rated by members of the Student Awards Committee according to criteria such as the quality of the conceptualization, significance of the topic, clarity and aptness of methods, quality of the writing, command of relevant work in the field, and contribution to criminology. The Committee may decide that no entry is of sufficient quality to declare a winner. Fewer than three awards may be given. The Committee's award determination will be final.

More information can be found here

Monday, 22 February 2010

Summer research fellowship program

Summer Fellowship Program in Applied Multi-Ethnic Research
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
June 21 to July 16, 2010

The application deadline is quickly approaching!

Program Description
This 4-week Research Fellowship provides advanced statistical and methodological
training to early career ethnic minority or socially disadvantaged faculty and investigators. Fellows refine their skills to be productive researchers capable of formulating and addressing original and significant research questions.

Who Should Apply?
We strongly recommend this summer research fellowship for both researchers early in their careers and seasoned researchers wishing to retool or shift their statistical or methodological approach. Only current ESIN members are eligible to apply.

For a complete program description and to see the full announcement, please click here.

The program application and supporting documentation must be submitted as an email attachment to: by March 15, 2010. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. Notifications will be sent out by April 1, 2010.

How to Apply for a Fellowship
Interested members should click here to find links to an application. Individuals need to submit a completed application and the following documents to apply:

Summer Research Plan
Sample Research Manuscript
Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement

See more information here.

Young Researchers Workshop: Flexibilization and Changing Life Course Patterns

TransEurope Young Researcher Workshop
Flexibilization and Changing Life Course Patterns in a Globalizing Europe
University of Turin, Italy, June 18-19, 2010

The ESF Social Science Networking Programme “TransEurope” will host a 2-day Young Researcher Workshop (June 18-19, 2010), to be held at the University of Turin, Italy.
The aim of this international workshop is to bring together young European researchers to share and discuss research results together with experienced researchers. Confirmed senior participants include: Prof. Melinda Mills (Groningen), Prof. Jan Van Bavel (Brussels), Prof. Adriana Luciano and Prof. Massimo Follis (both Turin).
The workshop welcomes all empirical contributions that deal with major trends in the development of life course patterns and pivotal life course transitions in a globalizing Europe. Contributions to the workshop may be either country-specific or comparative in focus. Papers should primarily be based on quantitative data analyses of most recent available data sets, but qualitative studies of relevant target groups are also welcome.
Interested participants are asked to submit their applications, including (i) a short curriculum vitae as well as (ii) a general outline of their papers of up to 500 words, including information on the data sets used and methods applied until March 15th, 2010 at the following website: Further information is available on this web page as well as in the attached flyer.

For selected participants, there will be funding to cover travel cost and accommodation expenses.

Submission of Applications: March 15, 2010

TransEurope Research Network
The ESF TransEurope Research Network is an interdisciplinary research network comprising scientific experts from 7 European countries in Political Science, Demography, Economics, and Sociology. Its main scientific focus is to conceptualise, operationalise, test, and compare the impact of transnational shifts on life course inequality across Europe. At the same time, the Programme seeks to bring together national experts and junior researchers within Europe and create the opportunity for them to collaborate on innovative and path-breaking research.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Flow charts and academic institutions

cartoon from PhD Comics to brigthen up your day:

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Organizing your Ph.D life

For those of you struggling to make sense of, and best use of, your time, a scholar at MIT has put together a useful blog about organizational strategies, study tips, and efficiency in doing your Ph.D. He is a computer science scholar who recently received his Ph.D. and also managed to publish a book at the same time. His blog, Study Hacks, details specific time organization strategies, such as his post on how to accomplish a large amount of work in a small number of hours, organizational tips and tricks, dealing with stress, and so on, offers some helpful bits of advice. While the blog might suggest living the life of an overly disciplined student, it has some helpful advice that may be good in setting priorities, making the dissertation more manageable, and eliminating distractions.

Reducing the Prison Population: Talk by David Howarth MP

David Howarth MP: Reducing the Prison Population

Monday 15th February
G24, Law Faculty, Cambridge

Our local MP and Liberal Democrat justice spokesman, David Howarth, is returning to Cambridge after his successful talk last year. With prison numbers at an all-time high and the General Election just around the corner, it’s never been a better time to question one of the country’s leading politicians about the need for penal reform.

For more information, please check the Facebook Event

Presented by the Cambridge University Howard League Society.