To recognize outstanding scholarship in our subfield, the Mobile Communication Interest Group presents several awards and prizes: a Top Paper award, an Emerging Scholar grant and a Top Dissertation award.
Each year, the Interest Group hosts a special session immediately preceding the Business Meeting, composed of the highest rated papers submitted to Mobile Communication (using the scoring from blind peer review).
Eligibility: Research papers (not extended abstracts) submitted to the Mobile Communication Interest Group for sessions at the ICA main conference.
2021 Top Papers
Award winning paper
Smartphones as Actors: A New Digital Disability Care Actor-Network in China
Zhongxuan Lin, Jinan University
Liu Yang, Sun Yat-Sen University
A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Examining the Accuracy of Self-reported Digital Media Use
Douglas Parry, Stellenbosch U
Brittany Davidson, U of Bath
Craig Sewall, U of Pittsburgh
Jacob Fisher, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hannah Mieczkowski, Stanford U
Mobile Media, Glocal Intimacies, and the Contradictions of Access in the Philippines
Cecilia Uy-Tioco, California State U, San Marcos,
Jason Vincent Cabanes, De La Salle U
How and when do mobile media demands impact well-being? Explicating the integrative model of mobile media use and need experiences (IM3UNE)
Frank Schneider, U of Mannheim
Sarah Lutz, U of Mannheim
Annabell Halfmann, U of Mannheim
Adrian Meier, Johannes Gutenberg U of Mainz
Leonard Reinecke, Johannes Gutenberg U of Mainz
2020 Top Papers
Award winning paper
Digital Wellbeing as a Dynamic Construct
Mariek Vanden Abeele, Tilburg University
What determines instant messaging communication? Examining the impact of person- and situation-level factors on IM responsiveness and perceived stress
Leyla Dogruel, Mainz University
Nomopobia and phubbing among Taiwanese emerging adults: Investigating affective smartphone use and family cohesion
Trisha T. C. Lin, National Chengchi University
Mobile Networked Creativity: Understanding creativity as open communication
Adriana de Souza e Silva, North Carolina State University
2019 Top Papers
Award winning paper
Wechat Use of Mainland Chinese Dual Migrants in Daily Border Crossing
Bei Ju, United Nations U-CS, MACAU
Participants More Than Words - The Integrative Power of the Mobile Phone as “a Reciprocal Technology” for Micromobilization
Jun Liu, U of Copenhagen, DENMARK
Mobile but Not Mobilised? Differential Gains from Mobile News Consumption for Citizens’ Election Campaign Engagement
Jakob Ohme, U of Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Tinder Passport and Grindr Explore: Traveling in the International Date-O-Sphere
Muira McCammon, U of Pennsylvania, USA
Emerging Scholar Grant
Each year, the Interest Group offers a cash prize to further early stage research projects with significant potential. The Awards Committee reviews submissions each spring and selects up to three recipients of the grant.
Eligibility: Early-career researchers (pre-tenure) who are members of ICA and the Mobile Communication Interest Group.
2021 Emerging scholar grants
Towards a Spatial Grounding of Mediated and Non-mediated Communication to Capture Hybrid Communication through Chat App
Deepti Singh Apte, Symbiosis International (deemed) University
"Digital Boutiques” on WhatsApp and Facebook in Niger: Exploring Their Affordances and Uses Across Gender, Literacy, and Status
Ibrahim Maïdakouale, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté
2020 Emerging scholar grants
Always connected: The context and consequences of ubiquitous screen media exposure among preadolescents
Anneleen Meeus, Doctoral Researcher, KU Leuven
Third person effect and mobile media use
Archana Krishnan, SUNY Albany
2019 Emerging scholar grants
Smart Phones and Social Media Fatigue
Minh Hao Nguyen
Touch Screens, Mobile News Consumption, and Fake News
Zhixin Giselle Pu
WhatsApp with Politics?! Examining how social networks—within instant messaging apps—affect engagement with political news
The Emerging Scholar Grant is awarded annually. A call-for-submissions is announced in Winter-Spring.
Offered in odd-numbered years, this award recognizes ambitious and significant scholarship completed in a doctoral dissertation.
Eligibility: Members of the Interest Group who have defended a dissertation during the two calendar years preceding the ICA annual meeting.
2021 Dissertation Award
Urban Digital Inequality: Adversity and adaption in the network society
Will Marler, University of Zurich
2019 Dissertation Award
Everyday Multiscreening: How the simultaneous usage of multiple screens affects information processing and advertising effectiveness
Claire M. Segijn
Every odd-numbered year, the ICA Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) invites nominations for the biennial Mobile Communication Dissertation Award. The award is presented at the MCIG business meeting during the ICA Annual Conference. A call-for-submissions is announced in Winter-Spring before the respective Annual Meeting.