Student Paper Competition

Forrest J. Files Research Award
2021 Competition is now OPEN!!
This award is in honor and remembrance of Dr. Forrest J. Files (1955-2011): Radical Behaviorist, Behavioral Pharmacologist, Teacher, Student, Gator, Friend.
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Undergraduate and graduate students, or those who are no more than one year post-grad, are encouraged to submit original papers of basic or applied behavior-analytic research. Submissions are reviewed by two or more behavior analysts and 1-2 winners are chosen annually. Each is provided with a monetary award and is invited to give a brief 20-minute presentation on their research during the annual conference.

What papers are eligible for consideration?​​

Original behavior-analytic empirical reports that have either (1) been published over the past year, (2) are in-press or under review, or (3) are submission ready. Theses or dissertations that have not been reformatted for publication elsewhere will not be reviewed.​​

Submissions for 2021 are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions will be September 3, 2021. Submitted papers will be reviewed by our Student Paper Coordinator and selected judges. ​​Winners will be announced publicly on October 8th. 

2021 Winners will be invited to present at the 2021 MABA conference in Detroit, MI with the 2020 Winners!

2020 Winners

Applied Research Winner
Alec Bernstein
Marcus Autism Center
Paper Title:
Response Blocking to Identify Skill & Motivation Deficits for Inappropriate Self-Feeding
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Basic Research Winner
Fernanda Oda
University of  Kansas
Paper Title:

An Experimental Analysis of Gender-biased Verbal Behavior & Self-editing Using an Online Analog

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Prior Recipients

2019
Megan Vosters, University of Houston, Clear Lake
Matt Novak, Unviersity of Kansas
2018
Elizabeth Foley, University of Kansas
Gideon Naude, University of Kansas
2017
Jessica Juanico, Trumpet Behavioral Health
Michael Sofis, University of Kansas
2016
Adam Briggs, University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute
Amy Henley, University of Kansas
2015
Samantha Bergman, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Brent Kaplan, University of Kansas
2014
Amy Harper, University of Kansas
Jason Hirst, University of Kansas
2013
Matt Capriotti, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
2012
Veronica Howard, University of Kansas
Robin Kuhn, Central Michigan University