Outstanding Paper Award

2023 Recipient

Adam M. Galovan, Ph.D., University of Alberta          
"Delving Into Flourishing Couple Relationships: Exploring Religiosity and Aspects of Daily Life" 


To recognize outstanding achievement, this award is presented to the best paper submitted by a professional to the NCFR Annual Conference through the Religion, Spirituality, and Family (RSF) Section.


The award includes a $200 cash prize and a plaque. It is presented to the recipient at the Religion, Spirituality, and Family Section annual meeting held at the NCFR Annual Conference.


The nominee should:

  • be a professional with at least five years of experience in human development, family studies, family sciences, health, psychology, sociology, or a field of study related to NCFR's mission; and
  • have the highest-rated proposal submitted by a professional to the RSF section.

Membership in NCFR or the RSF Section is not required.

Nomination/application process

The winner is selected on the basis of the average rating from the peer reviews. The paper with the highest average score is selected as the winner. In cases where multiple papers receive the same score, the members of the RSF Executive committee review each of the top scoring papers and vote on the winner.


July 31: The recipient is notified by this date

Committee Structure

The winner is identified by the chair. The chair is responsible for all communication regarding this award to the award recipient. The NCFR staff and budget personnel are responsible for printing and recording the award.