2011 Research Paper Competition winners announced

ICPSR is pleased to announce the winners of our 2011 Research Paper Competitions.

Tommaso Pavone won the first-place award in the Undergraduate Competition with his paper "Do More Parties Make for Happier Voters?" which can be viewed at: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/files/ICPSR/prize/pavone.pdf . Pavone, a student at the University of Michigan, conducted a cross-national analysis of public opinion data from 36 democracies to study whether more political parties correlates to higher voter satisfaction.

The second-place undergraduate winner was Erin McMichael of California State University - Northridge, whose paper is titled "External versus Internal Motivators as Predictors for LGBTQ-Directed Bullying Behavior in Adolescents," which is available here: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/files/ICPSR/prize/mcmichael.pdf .

Sayon Deb of Boston University won first place in the Master's Competition with his paper "The Long Term Effects of Colonial Land Tenure: Micro Evidence from India" which can be accessed here: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/files/ICPSR/prize/deb.pdf . The paper uses household survey data from India to examine the impact of historic land tenure institutions on economic and social outcomes for households today.

Douglas Rice of Pennsylvania State University won second place in the Master's Competition for his paper "The Impact of Supreme Court Activity on the Judicial Agenda: Calling to Action or Settling the Law." The paper is available through ICPSR: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/files/ICPSR/prize/rice.pdf .

The winner of the Resource Center for Minority Data Paper Competition was Whitney Boyer of Washington University in St. Louis for the paper titled "Educational Outcomes for Latino Immigrants in Los Angeles County: The Importance of Gender, Immigrant Generation, and Mother's Educational Level," which is viewable at this url: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/files/ICPSR/prize/Boyer.pdf. The RCMD archive can be accessed here: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/RCMD/ .

The first-place winners received $1,000; the second-place prize is $750. All the papers used data from the ICPSR or RCMD archive.

ICPSR is holding three competitions this year:

•The ICPSR Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using data from the ICPSR General Archive or Thematic Collections.
•The IFSS Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using data from the Integrated Fertility Survey Series.
•The RCMD Research Paper Competition, for analyses on issues relating to minorities in the United States, including immigrants, using data from the Resource Center for Minority Data.

All competitions are open to undergraduate and master's students, and recent graduates. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012.

Full details on the 2012 Research Paper Competition can be seen here: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/ICPSR/prize/index.html .
Sue Hodge

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