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  1.  For the dissertation award, the submission must have been written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a doctoral degree
  2. The dissertation must have been completed within the previous two (2) calendar years and including spring semester of the current year. For the 2020 award, this includes dissertations completed in 2018, 2019, and Spring 2020.
  3.  The dissertation should make a contribution to scholarly literature and have clear implications for the improved practice of park and recreation administration. 
  4. The author of the winning dissertation must attend the Academy’s annual membership meeting (currently scheduled for the 2020 NRPA Conference in Orlando on October 27th) and will present a five (5) minute synopsis of their dissertation (and its implications for the profession).
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