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Research Paper Competition

Call for Proposals

Research Paper Proposals due date May 17


Get your research acknowledged! Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase and share your work with colleagues in our ten-state region.  The Current Research from the Field Paper Competition provides professionals and students in the museum, history, and heritage fields the opportunity to present their research to their peers and colleagues in the Mountain-Plains region.


This Call for Proposals invites proposals of 300 words maximum from students, emerging professionals, and established professionals on current research or research work in progress on any matter relating to museums or heritage. 

Authors of three winning proposals will develop their proposals into papers to be published in the MPMA Newsletter in the months after the Conference. Also, participants in the MPMA Annual Meeting would vote for the proposal they would prefer to see developed into a paper for the Newsletter as the “Registrant’s Choice” winner.


  • Current professionals in the museum and heritage fields; students and recent graduates of museum studies or related heritage, history and preservation disciplines.
  • Applicants must work or study in cultural institutions that are located in the MPMA region which includes Kansas along with Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming
  • For the students who attend on-line programs, they must be residents of the MPMA region.

Submission Process 

  • The proposal should include the proposal title, and name, title, and institutional affiliation of the author.
  • It should be typed double-spaced and the pages should be numbered.
  • It should be typed double-spaced in 12-point font with 1” margins and pages should be numbered.
  • Please submit proposals via this form:

Review Process

A panel comprising established researchers will evaluate submissions. Three proposals will be selected which, in the opinion of the panelists, will be of greatest interest to the MPMA membership. The decision of the panelists is final. The winning authors then will develop the proposal into papers to be published in the MPMA Newsletter. One additional paper will be chosen as the “Registrants Choice” winner by participants in the MPMA 2023 Conference who will have the opportunity to read and vote for the proposal they would prefer to see developed into a paper for the Newsletter. Notification of the results will be made during the 2023 Conference.


All questions should be directed to MPMA's Research Paper Competition Chair:

Sally Shelton, Associate Professor of Practice and Associate Chair, Heritage and Museum Sciences, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX,

Participation is a great experience that contributes to everyone's professional development. 

We are asking university personnel associated with museum studies or public history programs (as well as university museum staff who offer training/internships for students interested in pursuing museum careers) to strongly encourage students to submit proposals.

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