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AAPOR Announces 2017 Award Winners, Honoring Industry Leaders

CHICAGO, IL, March 23, 2017 — 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 2017award winners. These accomplished members of our public opinion and survey research community will be honored during the annual award banquet held at the 72nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2017 Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award

Don A. Dillman, Washington State University, Leah Melani Christian, Nielsen, Michelle Edwards, Texas Christian University, Benjamin Messer, Research-Into-Action, Morgan M. Millar, University of Utah and Jolene D. Smyth, University of Nebraska for web-push data collection methodology that uses postal mail contacts to request a web response while withholding alternative response modes until later in the data collection process. Their methodology is now being used by the U.S. Census Bureau and in many countries to conduct major surveys relevant to public policy decisions. 

The Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award recognizes accomplishments in the fields of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the past ten years or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade. The innovations could consist of new theories, ideas, applications, methodologies or technologies. To be considered for the award, innovations must be publicly documented. The award can be given to individuals, groups or institutions.

2017 Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition Award

Ozan Kuru, University of Michigan
"Complexity of Public Opinion in the Digital Age: What do Ordinary Citizens Make of Diverse Quantifications"

The Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition Award is given as a tribute to Seymour Sudman in memory of his many contributions to survey methodology, his leadership in the AAPOR community and his teaching and mentoring of students in the survey research profession.

2017 Burns "Bud" Roper Fellow Award

Audris Campbell, Gallup
Kerry Driscoll, Claritas
Kristin Dwan, NORC at the University of Chicago
Kyle Endres, Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology
Dana Garbarski, Loyola University
Bevin Mory, Mathematica
Jocelyn Reynolds, Oppenheim Research
Luis Sanchez-Conde, Civis Analytics

The Burns "Bud" Roper Fellow Award is named for the late Burns "Bud" Roper who provided a substantial bequest in his will. Roper Fellows must demonstrate primary work responsibilities related to survey research or public opinion and have recently started their careers. Fellows receive financial assistance to help them attend the AAPOR Annual Conference and/or participate in conference short courses; most are first-time conference attendees.

2017 AAPOR Policy Impact Award

The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project 

The AAPOR Policy Impact Award acknowledges that a key purpose of opinion and other survey research is to facilitate well informed decision-making. 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.

2017 AAPOR Book Award

Susan Herbst, University of Connecticut
"Numbered Voices: How Opinion Polling Has Shaped American Politics"

The AAPOR Book Award recognizes influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion; and/or influenced our understanding or application of survey research methodology. Eligibility for the AAPOR Book Award includes any book in the field that is at least three years old (to allow time for books to be read and reviewed), including books published before or during the period covered by the AAPOR list of the Fifty Books That Have Significantly Shaped Public Opinion Research 1946-1995.

2017 AAPOR Student Travel Award

Isabel Anadon, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ruben Bach, Institute for Employment Research
Shakari Byerly, University of California-Los Angeles
Hyesun Choung, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Beth Cochran, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Britany Gatewood, Howard University
Rebecca Grady, University of California-Irvine
Jan Karem Höhne, University of Göttingen
Tom Holub, University of California-Berkley
David Houston, Columbia
Eunji Kim, University of Pennsylvania
Carli Lessof, University of Southampton
Kathleen Rogers – Rutgers University
Mazen Sarwar, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sharan Sharma, University of Michigan
Enrijeta Shino, University of Florida
Marina Stavrakantonaki, University of Illinois-Chicago
Alexander Wenz, University of Essex

The AAPOR Student Travel Award funds graduate student attendance at the AAPOR Annual Conference. Student Travel Awards help to offset the expense of attending the conference. The awards are offered to students who are in need of financial support to attend the annual conference and experience this important educational and collegial event for public opinion and survey researchers.

2017 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 2017 AAPOR Award for Lifetime Achievement will be announced at the annual awards banquet, Saturday, May 20, at the AAPOR Annual Conference. 

For more information on any of these awards, visit aapor.org/Conference-Events/Awards.aspx

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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.