Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A national association of regional
economic research centers

Awards

Each year, AUBER selects winners for its prestigious national publications and website awards, as well as for the Polzin Prize for Best Paper. These awards are presented each year at our annual conferences.

AUBER members may be nominated for two of the most highly regarded awards, the R. Thayne Robson Award (awarded every other year) and the AUBER Fellow award.

Publications and Website Awards

Award of Excellence for Print Publications
A print publication may include: newsletters; brochures; promotional materials; abstracts and other data publications; economic outlooks; special studies; technical or contract reports; magazines; and journals.

Print submissions may be one-time publications or part of a series and may be on any topic. Submissions will be judged based on quality and impact of content, visual appeal, how well the underlying data and/or analysis has been synthesized, and overall feel.

Award of Excellence for Electronic Publications
Electronic publications are designed for email, tablet, and mobile device use, and they take advantage of the digital format. Submissions may be interactive, but this is not a requirement.

Electronic submissions may be one-time publications or part of a series, and may cover any topic. Submissions will be judged based on quality and impact of content, visual appeal, how well the underlying data and/or analysis has been synthesized, and overall feel.

Award of Excellence in Websites
Submissions may include an AUBER unit’s website or a website created by the AUBER unit for a client.

Website submissions will be judged based on content (text, animation, etc.), visual appeal, ease of navigation, functionality and overall experience.

Polzin Prize for Best Paper

Eligibility

  1. The paper’s lead author must be an individual AUBER member at the time of the Fall Conference or be employed at an AUBER member unit whose membership is in good standing (conference registration fees include a one-year membership for non-AUBER members who submit papers for consideration).
  2. The paper must be presented on a panel at the Fall Conference.
  3. The paper should be prepared in academic format (APA or other commonly accepted scholarly style).
  4. Because the purpose is to encourage new work, submissions should not have been previously published or accepted for publication.

Submission Deadline
Submit one copy of your paper by email as a PDF attachment to Conference Committee chair, John Deskins, by the deadline. The winning paper will be announced at the AUBER Conference in Boulder, Colorado.

View submission guidelines here.

R. Thayne Robson Award

The Thayne Robson Award is the highest honor that AUBER awards to an individual for longtime commitment and service to the organization. To earn the Robson Award, individuals must be AUBER members for at least 15 years, be center directors, have served on the AUBER board of directors and be an economic and public policy leaders in their state. The R. Thayne Robson Award is awarded every other year.

AUBER Fellow Award

Nominees in this category should meet all, or substantially all, of the criteria listed below.  The organization may award one fellow per year. The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an active or retired member of the organization
  2. Maintained AUBER membership for 12 years
  3. Held center director or equivalent role at a host institution
  4. Served on AUBER board of directors in leadership capacity
  5. Provided significant leadership and substantial service to the organization.
    • Chaired committees
    • Frequent conference session organizer/participant
    • Host and/or program chair of fall conference
    • Acted as AUBER’s liaison in partnerships with other organizations

View our list of award winners.