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2017 Emerging Scholars Award Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s annual Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy! The Emerging Scholars Award recognizes excellence in graduate student research with a direct impact on public policy. The recipients of the award receive an honorarium and will deliver a policy lecture at UC Center Sacramento. Please join us in congratulating our two Winners and two Honorable Mentions! 



Dallas Augustine, University of California, Irvine  

Ms. Augustine is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Her research project, titled “Keeping Work is the Hardest Thing: Highlighting the Challenges of Maintaining Work with a Felony Record” explores the reasons why felony record holding workers find it difficult to find and keep high-quality, long-term employment. As a faculty member remarked, “Dallas has impressed me with her intense work ethic, sharp analytic style, and her focused commitment to public policy reform.” 


Jay Plasman, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Mr. Plasman is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research project, titled “CTE Cluster Pipelines: Linking High School CTE Course-taking and Postsecondary Credentials” explores the relationship between course completion in specific CTE clusters in high school and eventual Post-Secondary Education credential in that same cluster. As a faculty member remarked, “Jay has a passion and drive for conducting research that is going to enable him to make an impact in both academia and policy.” 


Honorable Mentions 

Michel Grosz, University of California, Davis – Department of Economics 

Rylan Simpson, University of California, Irvine – Department of Criminology, Law and Society 

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