Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A national association of regional
economic research centers

Awards

AUBER recognizes the outstanding achievements of our members each year at our annual conference.

Members may submit their work for consideration for the Awards of Excellence in print, electronic, and website publications, as well as the Polzin Prize for Best Paper.

AUBER members may also nominate their peers for consideration for the AUBER Fellow Award as well as the R. Thayne Robson Award.

Awards of Excellence in Publications

Submissions are due by September 9 for the upcoming fall conference.

Excellence in Electronic Publications

Electronic publications take advantage of the digital format and are designed for email, tablet, and mobile device use. Interactivity is not required. Submissions may be one-time publications or part of a series, and they may cover any topic.

Electronic submissions will be judged based on quality and impact of content, visual appeal, how well the underlying data or message has been synthesized, and overall impression.

Excellence in Print Publications

The print publication category may include newsletters, studies, forecasts, contract or technical reports, abstracts and other data publications, magazines, journals, and marketing campaigns for events or general awareness.

Submissions may be one-time publications or part of a series, and they may cover any topic.

Print submissions will be judged based on quality and impact of content, visual appeal, how well the underlying data or message has been synthesized, and overall impression.

Excellence in Websites

Websites may focus on any topic (e.g., business, economics, public policy, community development/impact, data collection/delivery, center self-promotion, etc.) and can be produced for the center or a client. Examples include dashboards, knowledge portals, and searchable archives, among others.

Website submissions will be judged based on content, ease of navigation, functionality, visual appeal, and overall experience.

Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper

Submissions due by August 1.

To be considered for the Polzin Prize, the following rules are established:

  • The paper should be a new work (not previously published or accepted for publication) and written in APA, Chicago, or similar scholarly format.
  • The paper must be presented in a session at the upcoming AUBER conference.
  • The lead author must be an AUBER member in good standing.

Each eligible paper will be reviewed by the committee (the three most-recent past presidents of AUBER) and evaluated using the criteria of originality, quality of argument, positioning, and writing style.

The winner will receive a $500 cash award at the AUBER Fall Conference.

View submission guidelines for 2022.

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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