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EDRA 51 Tempe Scholarships and Awards


Nana Kirk Travel Student Scholarship

This year, the Nana Kirk Travel Student Scholarship program (formerly known as the Student Travel Award program) offers a limited number of scholarships to help offset the cost of student travel to EDRA51.

in 2018, the EDRA board renamed the scholarship in memory of the late Nana Kirk, EDRA member, Board of Directors and 2012 EDRA Service Award Recipient, who embodied the passion and commitment that many EDRA student members have for our social justice, diversity, and equality. You can learn more about Nana and her work here.

A maximum of ten scholarships will be awarded in the form of a waived student EDRA51 registration fee for students traveling to the conference that demonstrate financial need and are passionate about the EDRA mission. Priority will be given to student members presenting at the conference. Applicants should note that an active EDRA membership at the time of the application is a prerequisite for being considered for the Nana Kirk Travel Student Scholarship. The deadline to apply was February 15, 2020.


EDRA51 Best Paper Awards

All submitters to EDRA51 have had the opportunity during the submission process to indicate if they would like the submission to be considered for the Best Paper Award. Accepted full-length papers will be judged by the EDRA board on the submission's:

  • quality of research;
  • quality of writing, and
  • alignment of the project to EDRA's mission

To learn more about the best paper awards and view a list of past recipients, click here.

EDRA51 Best Student Paper and Best Student Design Poster awards

First and Second Prizes 

  • Student Research Paper and Student Design Poster First Prize awardees will receive a $500 travel voucher/complimentary conference registration to the EDRA52 Conference, and a free one-year EDRA student membership.
  • First Prize travel vouchers will first be disbursed in the form of a complimentary conference registration to EDRA52 (a $290 USD approximate value) with any remaining scholarship funds awarded in a check payable in U.S. dollars to help offset travel costs between EDRA51 and the student's academic institution.
  • Second prize is a one-year EDRA student membership.
  • All student award finalists merit recognition in EDRA publications.


 Best Student Paper Award
The selection for the Best Student Paper Awards is a two-stage process. Full-length student paper submissions are first identified as potential candidates during the peer review process, and are later selected as winners by the EDRA Awards Committee based on the submission's quality of research, quality of writing, and alignment of the project to EDRA's mission.

To be eligible for consideration for a student award you must:

  • have submitted a full-length paper to EDRA51 by the submission deadline;
  • the research must have been completed within the preceding year;
  • authors must have been students at the time the work was completed; 
  • and faculty, professional, or non-student involvement must have been minimal and limited to that which is normally expected of work to be graded. 

Please note: This requirement is not meant to exclude participatory or collaborative projects involving client groups and faculty advisors or coordinators.

Best Student Design Poster Award

The EDRA Student Design Poster Award recognizes environmental design projects and research that respond to human factors in the conception of the full range of environmental scales through the infusion of research findings and users’ inputs on the needs of humans in the built world. The Student Design Poster Award criteria are underpinned by EDRA’s mission of advancing and disseminating behavior and design research toward improving understanding of the relationships between people and their environments and seek to recognize student projects that demonstrate excellence in the design of humane environments. 


We invite submissions of exemplary environmental design work at a range of scales from urban design, to landscape, to architecture, to interior, and industrial design completed by EDRA student membersTo be eligible for consideration for a student design award you must submit an abstract by the poster submission deadline indicated in the EDRA51 Call for Proposals. Design projects should have been completed by October 2019 and should emphasize a link between research and design, demonstrating how an understanding of human interaction, use, and experience can inspire excellent environmental design. Those design projects which are accepted for presentation at the conference will have the opportunity to indicate if they wish their project to be considered for this award, and if so, those materials will be judged onsite by the EDRA Awards Committee.


Submitted projects will be judged according to these criteria:
1) Quality of the Design Project;
Demonstrated links between design and a body of research literature;
Quality of Graphic Communication and Representation;
Comprehensive Quality of the Submission;
Alignment of the Design with EDRA's Mission.

Awards will be announced at our annual conference in Tempe, Arizona. All finalists will receive recognition in EDRA publications and website.