SPCW welcomes and encourages participation by graduate students at the annual conference, as well as at APA sessions hosted by the society. Involvement and membership in SPCW provides graduate students with a network of colleagues who provide timely and thorough feedback and advice on research and writing, preparatory advice for the job market, and general mentoring. Graduate students with questions about society membership, preparing essays for review before the annual meeting or in preparation for submission to the journal, or those seeking other information can contact SPCW Director, Carlos Sanchez.

The Joe Frank Jones III Memorial Graduate Student Essay Award: Each year, to honor the memory of Joe Frank Jones III, SPCW members recognize one outstanding graduate student essay submitted and accepted to the conference. The award includes a listing as the award recipient in the conference program, and a $500 cash prize. Papers are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of argumentation
  • Clarity of writing
  • Originality of the work
  • Relevance to topics/concerns in the contemporary world

Past award recipients:

  • 2016: Lindsay Whittaker and Dominick Cooper, Virginia Tech -- Essay title: “Struggling with Alterity: A Dialogue on Oppression and Liberation”
  • 2015: Sascha Engel, Virginia Tech -- Essay title: “Crisis, Aneconomy, Ontology: The Case for an Antihumanist Circuitism”
  • 2014: no award given
  • 2013: David Craig, University of Oregon -- Essay title: “From Philosophy of Race to Antiracist Politics”