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AAPOR Announces 2015 Award Winners, Honoring Public Opinion and Survey Research Industry Leaders

 

DEERFIELD, IL, April 7, 2015 — The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the nation's leading association for public opinion and survey research professionals, is pleased to announce our 2015 award winners. These accomplished members of our public opinion and survey research community will be honored during the annual awards banquet held at The Diplomat, in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday, May 16.

2015 AAPOR Award for Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Nancy Mathiowetz
The award is given for outstanding contribution to the field of public opinion research including: advances in theory, empirical research and methods; improvements in ethical standards; and promotion of understanding among the public, media and/or policy makers.

2015 Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award
Nate Silver, ESPN, for his website, FiveThirtyEight.com, and his contribution to public education in statistical thinking.
The Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award is designed to recognize accomplishments in the fields of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the past 10 years, or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade. These innovations could consist of new theories, ideas, applications, methodologies or technologies.

2015 Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition Award
Christopher Antoun, University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology, "Effects of Mobile versus PC Web on Survey Response Quality: A Crossover Experiment in a Probability Web Panel"
The Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition Award is in memory of Seymour Sudman; it recognizes his many important contributions to AAPOR, as well as his teaching and mentoring students in the survey research profession. 

2015 Burns "Bud" Roper Fellow Award
Christopher Becker, Castleton Polling Institute
Andrew Hurwitz, Mathematica Policy Research
Lisa Johns, The Opportunity Agenda
Morgan Jones, Applied Social Research Lab
Nicole Lee, Abt SRBI
Katie Morrison, Mathematica Policy Research
Jack Pold, American Institute of Physics
Nicolas Ruther, Abt SRBI
The Burns "Bud" Roper Fellow Award is named for the late Burns "Bud" Roper who provided a substantial bequest in his will to endow the Roper Award Fund. Roper Fellows are people whose primary work responsibilities are related to survey research or public opinion and who have recently started their careers. They receive financial assistance to help them attend the annual conference and/or participate in conference short courses; most are first-time conference attendees.

2015 AAPOR Policy Impact Award
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation for the Kaiser Health Tracking Polls
The AAPOR Policy Impact Award was developed to acknowledge that a key purpose of opinion and other survey research is to facilitate better informed decisions. The award recognizes outstanding research that has had a clear impact on improving policy decisions, practice, and discourse, either in the public or private sectors.

2015 AAPOR Book Award
Peter V. Marsden, Survey Research Center, Harvard University, "Social Trends in American Life: Findings from the General Social Survey since 1972", Princeton University Press, 2012

The AAPOR Book Award seeks to recognize influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion; and/or influenced our understanding or application of survey research methodology.
 
2015 AAPOR Student Travel Award
Ashley Amaya, University of Maryland
Dias Amreyev, University of Michigan
Alexa Bankert, Stony Brook University
Justine Bulgar-Medina, University of Massachusetts at Boston
Jen Durow, University of Michigan
David Eagle, Duke University
Elizabeth Kantor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Soyon Kim, Stony Brook University
Anil Kumar Chaudhary, University of Florida
Herschel Sanders, University of Maryland
Malaena Taylor, University of Connecticut

The AAPOR Student Travel Award was established to fund students to attend the AAPOR Annual Conference. The Student Travel Awards are offered to students who are in need of financial support so that they may attend the annual conference and experience this important educational and collegial event for survey methodology and public opinion researchers. 

2015 AAPOR Award for Lifetime Achievement
The award is given for outstanding contribution to the field of public opinion research including: advances in theory, empirical research and methods; improvements in ethical standards; and promotion of understanding among the public, media and/or policy makers.
The winner of the 2015 AAPOR Award for Lifetime Achievement will be announced at the annual awards banquet, Saturday, May 16, at the AAPOR Annual Conference.

AAPOR congratulates all the winners. For more information on any of these awards, visit www.aapor.org. For press access to the AAPOR conference, contact Eric Bailey at ebailey@aapor.org or +1-847-205-2651, ext. 362.
 

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The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S., with members from academia, media, government, the non-profit sector and private industry. AAPOR members embrace the principle that public opinion research is essential to a healthy democracy, providing information crucial to informed policymaking and giving voice to the nation's beliefs, attitudes and desires. It promotes a better public understanding of this role, as well as the sound and ethical conduct and use of public opinion research. www.aapor.org