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Burning River Awards

Announcing the 2nd Annual CCSI Burning River Awards


The City and Community Studies Initiative is offering two awards to students which can be used to help defray the expenses associated with their research projects.

Eligibility: All students, both graduate and undergraduate, pursuing research project related to city or community studies.

Award: Each CCSI Burning River Award is for $500 and can be applied towards travel, equipment, materials, and other costs directly associated with research.

Format: Proposals should be no more than 1000 words and address the following questions:
  1. What is the nature of the research you seek to support through this award? What specific question does it seek to answer? How will it add to our understanding of city and community issues?
  2. What is your research design? What are you attempting to accomplish? At what stage are you in this research and how much more time is required?
  3. How would the award assist you in completing the project? That is, how do you plan to use the award money?
Due Date: Please send your proposal as a Word or PDF document in an email to Dr. Richard Adams radams12@kent.edu by October 28, 2011.  Please also have a faculty member send a brief letter of recommendation via email to Dr. Adams about your project.

Awards will be announced by November 15th.  Click here for a printable flyer.



Burning River WinnersThe 1st Annual Burning River Awards (2010)

Pictured to the left are the award winners and key faculty members of CCSI.  (L to R) Amber Thorne-Hamilton (award winner), Richard Adams (associate professor, sociology), David Purcell (assistant professor, sociology), Derrin Smith (award winner), Emariana Taylor (assistant professor, geography) and Dawn Einsel (award winner)

The 1st Annual Burning River Awardees were announced in late October of 2010.  The winning proposals were:

  • Chris Wallis and the Photojournalism II class (Undergraduate, Journalism)

  • A Time to Share:  Preserving the Voices of WWII

  • Derrin Smith (Masters Candidate, Geography)

  • Place Marketing and the Image of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

  • Amber Thorne-Hamilton (Doctoral Candidate, Political Science)

  • Cincinnati Collaborative: An Experiment in Deliberative Democracy in an Identity-Driven Conflict

For more information on the Burning River Awards, check out the Kent State University's eInside news story.