Barry M. Moriarty Graduate Paper Competition

The Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) awards an annual cash prize to the graduate student submitting the best paper in Regional Science. In 2025, the prize will be $1,000.

Papers on any Regional Science topic may be entered into the competition. Papers should represent original research. Maps, illustrations and other audio-visual materials should be designed or constructed by the author.

The following qualifications apply: The student must be enrolled full-time at an accredited academic institution for some, or all, of the year;

  • The graduate student must still be enrolled at the time his or her paper is submitted (i.e., spring 2025);
  • The student must be the sole author and must be sponsored by a member of SRSA; and
  • The winning student must present the paper at a session of the Annual Meeting of the SRSA, using the award to defray costs of attending.

Papers should be double-spaced, no more than 25 pages in length, and written in the style of the SRSA’s Review of Regional Studies. A cover page should include the paper’s title and abstract and, for both the author and the sponsor, full names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The cover page should also affirm the student meets the qualifications above.

Submission. Submission details for the 2025 competition will be available in the last quarter of 2024. The Graduate Paper Honors Chair for the 2025 award will be Carlianne Patrick, Georgia State University. 

Previous Recipients of the Moriarty Award:

  • Federico Corredor, Georgia State University, 2024
  • Adam Scavette, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, 2023
  • Sultana Fouzia, Oregon State University, 2021
  • Brandon Genetin, The Ohio State University, 2020
  • Tyler Morin, The Ohio State University, 2019
  • Jing Chen, West Virginia University, 2018
  • Daniel Crown, The Ohio State University, 2017
  • Rodrigo A. Perez-Silva, The Ohio State University, 2017
  • Renata Caldas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2016
  • George Mawuli Akpandjar, University of Mississippi, 2015
  • Marian Manic, University of South Carolina, 2014
  • Zheng Tian, West Virginia University, 2014
  • Annie Walker, West Virginia University, 2013
  • Christa Jensen, West Virginia University, 2012
  • Carlianne Patrick, The Ohio State University, 2011
  • Juan Sebastian Leguizamon, West Virginia University, 2010
  • Brian Piper, University of Oklahoma, 2009
  • Johnathan Munn, University of South Carolina, 2008
  • Robert Dunn, West Virginia University, 2007
  • Diehang Zheng, University of Southern California, 2006
  • Lei Ding, George Mason University, 2005
  • Guang Yang, George Mason University, 2004
  • Up Lim, University of Texas at Austin, 2003
  • Kyojun Koo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
  • Qingshu Xie , George Mason University, 2001
  • Garen Evans, Texas A&M University, 2000
  • Robert Greenbaum, Ohio State University, 1999
  • Mark L. Burkey, Duke University, 1998
  • Ben P. Cecil, University of Western Ontario, 1997