Student Paper Competition Past Winners

2016 Results
This year’s winner is:
Proven Failure: First-Time Presidential Voting and Political Trust
Authors: Eunji Kim, University of Pennsylvania; Jin Woo Kim, University of Pennsylvania

Eunji and Jin Woo received a $1,000 cash prize and space on the 2017 AAPOR program. Thank you to Westat for sponsoring this year’s student paper competition.

2015 Results
This year’s winner is:
Theory and Practice in Non-Probability Surveys: Parallels Between Causal Inference and Survey Inference
Authors: Andrew W. Mercer, Frauke Kreuter and Scott Keeter

Andrew Mercer is a research methodologist at the Pew Research Center and currently getting his Ph.D. at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology as the University of Maryland. Andrew received a $1,000 cash prize and space on the 2016 AAPOR program.Thank you to AIR for once again sponsoring this year’s student paper competition.


2014 Results
This year’s winner is: “Do Interviewer Effects Matter: Evidence from European Social Survey “- authors Ashley Amaya, Delancey Gustin, Herschel Lisette Sanders, and Ji Qi from JPSM at University of Maryland and University of Michigan.

The authors of the winning paper were awarded a cash prize of $1,000, sponsored by the American Institutes for Research, and a guaranteed spot on the Conference Program to present their paper at the 2015 Annual AAPOR Conference. This was a great paper so please stop by their session at AAPOR. Congratulations!

HONORABLE MENTION (another great paper): “Temporal Considerations of Nonresponse Error and Nonresponse Bias over a Fixed Data Collection Protocol” – author Taylor Lewis from JPSM at University of Maryland.Our thanks to American Institutes for Research (AIR) for sponsoring the competition this year.


2013 Results

We had many great papers this year and a record number of submissions. This year’s winner is Rebecca Medway for her paper, entitled “Testing for Measurement Equivalence in the Survey Responses of Incentive and Control Group Respondents.” Rebecca will be award a cash prize of $1,000, sponsored by Abt SRBI. Additionally, Rebecca will be awarded a guaranteed spot on the Conference Program to present her paper at the 2014 Annual AAPOR Conference.

  • Student Paper Winner 2013: Rebecca Medway: Testing for Measurement Equivalence in the Survey Responses of Incentive and Control Group Respondents
  • 2nd Place: Carl Turner: The Use of Theory and Model Averaging for Population Prediction: An Application to the U.S. Overseas Population
  • 3rd Place: Christopher Ojeda: Mental Disability and Political Voice: The Effect of Depression on Political Participation

2012 Results
The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Student Paper Competition, sponsored by Abt SRBI.

Jenna Fulton a recent JPSM graduate and survey researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, was selected as the winner of the 2012 Student Paper Competition. Her dissertation chapter was selected based on the quality of its research design, originality, significance, organization, and presentation: “Descriptive Analysis of Influences on Consent to Record Linkage”.

The 2012 Review Committee was composed of 2012 and 2013 DC-AAPOR executive council members.


2011 Results
The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 Student Paper Competition, sponsored by Westat and Arbitron.

Dr. Katy E. Pearce (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Dr. Sarah Kendzior (Washingon University) are recognized for the outstanding quality of their paper:

“Spin the Tale of the Donkey: Networked Authoritarianism and Social Media in Azerbaijan”.The 2011 Review Committee was composed of the full DC-AAPOR executive council.


2010 Results

The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Student Paper Competition, sponsored by Abt SRBI.

Cleo Redline (JPSM) is recognized for the outstanding quality of her paper:

“Providing Clarifying Instructions in a Web Survey”.The 2010 Review Committee was composed of the full DC-AAPOR executive council.


2009 Results

The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2009 Student Paper Competition, sponsored by Abt SRBI.

Stephanie Eckman (JPSM) is recognized for the outstanding quality of her paper which was authored with Frauke Kreuter (JPSM):

Confirmation Bias in Housing Unit Listing

The 2009 Review Committee was composed of the full DC-AAPOR executive council.


2008 Results
The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2008 Student Paper Competition, sponsored by SRBI.

Magdalena Wojcieszak (University of Pennsylvania) is recognized for the outstanding quality of her paper:

When Deliberation Divides: Processes Underlying Mobilization to Collective Action

Two papers were recognized as honorable mentions:

2008 Review Committee
Dr. Eugene Burns, Energy Information Administration
Dr. Michael P. Cohen, Statistics Consultant
Eileen O’Brien, Energy Information Administration (Chair)
Carl Ramirez, Government Accountability Office
Adam Safir, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


2007 Results
The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2007 Student Paper Competition, sponsored by SRBI.

Carl Gershenson (University of Chicago) is recognized for the outstanding quality of his paper:

The Scientific American: A Casualty of the Culture Wars?

2007 Review Committee
Paul Beatty, National Center for Health Statistics
Carl Ramirez, Government Accountability Office
Adam Safir, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Michael P. Cohen, consultant, retired Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Jennifer L Beck, U.S. Census Bureau
Eileen O’Brien, Energy Information Administration
Danna Basson, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc (Chair)


2006 Results
The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2006 Student Paper Competition, sponsored by SRBI.

Amy Corning (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan) is recognized for the outstanding quality of her paper:

When the Past is Another Country: The Impact of Emigration on Memories

Two papers were recognized as honorable mentions:

2006 Review Committee
Paul Beatty, National Center for Health Statistics
Carl Ramirez, Government Accountability Office
Barbara O’Hare, Arbitron
Adam Safir, RTI International
Eugene Burns, Bureau of Transportation Statistics/Energy Information Administration
Michael P. Cohen, consultant, retired Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Eileen O’Brien (Chair), Energy Information Administration


2005 Results
The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2005 Student Paper Competition.

Hyunjoo Park, a recent graduate of the Survey Methodology Program at the University of Michigan, is recognized for the outstanding quality of her paper:

The influence of question wording on the reporting of contraceptive method use

Two papers were recognized as honorable mentions:

2005 Review Committee
Paul Beatty, National Center for Health Statistics
John Boyle, Schulman, Ronca, Bucuvalas, Inc.
Mike Cohen, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Sarah Dipko, Westat
Laura Flicker, RTI International
Jennifer Hunter, Bureau of the Census
Dawn Nelson, Bureau of the Census
Carl Ramirez, Government Accountability Office
Adam Safir (Chair), RTI International
Rob Santos, NuStats


2004 Results
The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of AAPOR is pleased to announce the winner of the 2004 Student Paper Competition.

Rachel Dinkes, a recent graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science, is recognized for the outstanding quality of her paper:

Neighbourhoods Matter: Fixed and Random Effects in Police Satisfaction Surveys in the UK

Two papers were recognized as honorable mentions:

2004 Review Committee
Paul Beatty, National Center for Health Statistics
Mike Cohen, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Mike Donatello, Consultant
Dawn Nelson, Bureau of the Census
Carl Ramirez, Government Accountability Office
Adam Safir (Chair), RTI International