Research paper competition winners announced

ICPSR is pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 Research Paper Competitions.

Lorraine Blatt (B.A., Psychology) of the Grinnell College earned first-place in the ICPSR Undergraduate Competition with her paper "Cultural mismatch in the achievement gap: Self-construal as a mediator between socioeconomic status and academic achievement." The paper used the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) Cohort 5, 2004-2009 to examine the differences in the effect of interdependent and independent self-construal on college students' success as measured by their GPA. While an undergraduate, Blatt received the Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Foundation Scholarship, Bernard H. McCusker Memorial Scholarship, and the H. B. Paul Lowenberg Lions Scholarship. She served internships with Education and Child Care Archive at ICPSR, Ann Arbor, MI in 2013, Cardboard Citizens in London, UK in 2012 and Early Head Start at the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, CA also in 2012. She was named to the Dean's List in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She is a member of Psi Chi an international psychology honor society and her research was accepted for presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Conference in Chicago in 2013. Blatt will join the Urban Institute in the Income and Benefits Policy Center in Washington, DC as a Research Assistant after graduation.  

Peter Lista (M.A., Sociology) of Indiana University - Bloomington won the ICPSR Master's Competition for his paper "Organization Decision-Making and the Market Environment: Examining Contingency in Organizational Behavior." The paper uses the National Organizations Survey (NOS), 1996-1997 to analyze whether reading test results and teacher assessments of language and literacy skills predict a range of parental investment in the later grades. Lista is beginning his work on a PhD with a departmental fellowship and will continue teaching and researching with a focus on organizational and historical sociology. 

Jian Li (Statistics) of Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China won the first-place award in the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) Research Paper Competition for his paper "Identify the Young Adults with Serious Suicidal Ideation: A Population-Based Study." The paper used National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2011 to identify potential risk factors of suicidal ideation among young adults and propose intervention strategies. In 2012, Li received the "Outstanding Scholarship of Academic Research and Innovation Award" and was named the "Excellent Volunteer of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation." In 2013, he won Honorable Mention in the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). When his undergraduate degree is complete, Li plans to pursue a PhD in Statistics.

Raphael Small (Economics) of Haverford College won the second-place award in the ICPSR Undergraduate contest for his paper "The Impact of Student Background and Academic Performance on Future Income." The paper used the National Longitudinal Study of the Class of 1972 to examine the impact of affluence and privilege on students' academic performance. Presently a junior concentrating on mathematical economics, Small spent the year at the London School of Economics. His academic interests lie in the intersection of economics, mathematics, and computing. This summer he will intern at Ernst & Young in the Complex Securities Valuation Practice and previously has served as a researcher in the Haverford College archives for Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Emeritus Professor of History. When his undergraduate degree is complete, Small plans to pursue a PhD in Economics and hopes to earn a Marshall or Fulbright Scholarship. 

Jane E. Oliphant (Social Work) of Washington University won second-place in the ICPSR Master’s Student contest for her paper "Social Capital for Adolescents from Low-income Families: A Means to improve Academic Achievement and Mental Health?." The paper used Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study to examine the impact of social capital in the school and home environment of low income adolescents on their academic achievement and psychological well-being. Oliphant earned the "Outstanding Psychology/Sociology Double Major Award" and the "Recognition of Service: Be the Change Advocacy Awards," and was an ICPSR Summer Intern in 2012. This summer, she will be an intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in the Housing Policy program in Washington, DC. After graduation in December 2014, she hopes to continue her work in policy research and advocacy in an anti-poverty program. 

The first-place winners received $1,000; the second-place prize is $750. Winning papers are published on the ICPSR website and first place winning papers are published in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin

We are also pleased to announce the 2015 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions for Undergraduates and 
Graduate Students and invites submissions from students and recent graduates at member institutions. The purpose of the competitions is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis. The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners website and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first place winners. See the competitions website for details. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.

Jun 3, 2014

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