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Congratulations to our 2016 award winners!

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 awards.  The deadline for the full consideration of all nominations is May 01, 2017.  Submissions may be submitted via e-mail to

Please join us at the American Society of Criminology conference in Philadelphia, PA in November 2017 as we celebrate the newest cohort of awardees.

AEC Awards:

Joan McCord Award:

The Joan McCord Award recognizes distinguished experimental contributions to criminology and criminal justice  Award recipients must have conducted significant experimental research that in the tradition of Joan McCord has important implications for policy and practice.  The award can be given to a specific randomized controlled trial or a group of experiments leading to significant policy outcomes.

Past recipients of the Joan McCord Award:

Outstanding Young Experimental Criminologist Award:

The Annual Young Experimental Scholar Award recognizes exception early career scholarship.


DEC Awards:

Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award:

This award recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of experimental criminology. The recipient must be a leader in the advancement of experimental methodology, experimental research, or the use of experimental methods in the advancement of evidence-based policy. The award is not given for any single research project or study, but for a body of research developed over a career of interest in this area. An important component of this award is recognition of advancement of experimental science through the mentoring of other experimental scholars.

Award for Outstanding Experimental Field Trial:

This award recognizes a single research project or program that contributes significantly to criminological research and experimental science. To be eligible a study must have been conducted within the last five years. Additionally, all experiments published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology for the last two years will be considered for this award.

Student Paper Award:

This award is given for an outstanding paper involving experimental field trials, or theoretical or policy questions in the area of experimental criminology. The paper must be submitted for review while a student is enrolled in a recognized PhD program in criminology or criminal justice, or a related field. The paper can be “under review” or it can be a manuscript published up to one year prior to the year of the award. Students may submit co-authored papers, although the student must be the first author.  The student paper award also includes a $500 cash award.