E. Walter Terrie Award for State and Local Demography

Walt Terrie was a faculty member and applied demographer at Florida State University and an active member of the Southern Demographic Association. After he died suddenly in 1997, SDA and FSU began awarding the Walt Terrie Award to recognize the "best paper presented at the SDA Annual Meeting on an applied topic, especially one relating to state and local demography." The highest priority for the award is to recognize work on applied demography, which can be defined as demographic analysis (narrowly or broadly conceived) in the service of practical decision making regarding concrete problems. The award consists of a cash prize of $400 and an appropriate certificate. 

The award is chosen by a committee appointed by the SDA President and including at least one FSU faculty member. Consideration is limited to previously unpublished papers.

To submit a paper for consideration for the E. Walter Terrie Award:

    • Submit an abstract for the SDA program by the due date

For award consideration, the paper submitted must be on the SDA program and must be presented at the SDA meeting by the author.

Support the Terrie Award

The Terrie Award Fund has grown through the generosity of a number of SDA members. Contributions can be made in one of two ways:

By check: Mail a check made out to the FSU Foundation to

The Florida State University Foundation
325 W. College Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Be sure to specify the E. Walter Terrie Award Fund #4859 as the destination for your gift.
Via the web: Visit the FSU Foundation website https://give.fsu.edu/fund/F04859 and use your credit card to make a contribution. If you prefer, you may also print out the form and mail your check to the Foundation. Again, be sure to specify the E. Walter Terrie Award Fund #4859 as the destination for your gift. Please note, contributions for the Terrie award are distributed from the William Serrow Scholarship Fund.

Questions can be addressed to Jason Devine at the U.S. Census Bureau at jason.e.devine@census.gov

Past winners of the E. Walter Terrie Award include:

2023: Yu Horiguchi
Application of the Extended Log Quad Model to Municipal Life Tables of Japan 

2022: David A. Swanson, Jeff Tayman, and Jack Baker
Boosted Regression Trees for Small-Area Population Forecasting


2019: Peter A. Morrison and Thomas M. Bryan
Demographic Constraints on Minority Voting Strength in Local Redistricting Contexts

2018: Matt Hauer

2017: Guangqing Chi and Donghui Wang
Who Is Predictable? Evaluating the Associations of Population Projection Accuracy with Sociodemographics, Accessibility, Land Use, Neighbor Characteristics, and Their Spatial Variations

2016: David Swanson and Jeff Tayman
Using Modified Cohort Change and Child Woman Ratios in the Hamilton-Perry Forecasting Method

2014: Matt Hauer and Jason Evans
Population Projections and Risk of Inundation from MSLR for the United States in 2100

2012: Beth Jarosz and Jeff Hofmockel
What Counts as a House? Comparing 2010 Census Counts and Administrative Records

2011: Stanley K. Smith and Stefan Rayer
An Evaluation of Population Forecast Errors for Florida and its Counties, 1980-2010

2010: Richelle WinklerCheng Cheng, and Shaun Golding
Boom or Bust? Population Dynamics in Natural Resource Dependent Counties

2009: David W. Smith and Benjamin S. Bradshaw
Model Estimates of Death Rates from Repeated Sample Surveys

2008: Richelle WinklerJennifer Huck and Keith Warnke
Deer Hunter Demography: Age, Period, and Cohort Analysis of Trends in Hunter Participation in Wisconsin

2007: Stanley K. SmithStefan Rayer and Eleanor A. Smith
Aging and Disability: Implications for the Housing Industry and Public Policy in the United States

2007: Guangqing Chi
Knowledge can Improve Forecasts: The Consideration of Non-Demographic Factors for Small-area Population Forecasting

2006: J. Gregory Robinson
A Demographic Analysis of the Estimates from the 2005 ACS Gulf Coast Area Special Products

2005: Qian Cai
New Techniques in Small Area Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics

2003: Stanley K. Smith and Jeff Tayman
An Evaluation of Population Projections by Age

1999: Jeff TaymanDavid Swanson and Charlie Barr
We Are What We Measure: Toward a New Approach for Assessing Population Forecast Accuracy

1997: Stanley K. Smith and June Nogle
An Experimental Methodology for Estimating Hispanic Residents for States and Counties

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