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Emerging Scholars

Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in
Research and Public Policy

The UC Center Sacramento announces its fifth annual Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy. The award will recognize excellence in graduate student research with a direct impact on public policy. The recipients of the Emerging Scholars Award will receive a $500 prize and will deliver an invited policy lecture at the UC Center.

Submissions will be accepted through March 15, 2019 and should include:
• An abstract (250 words)
• Two page summary of paper
• Current CV
• Teaching evaluations from last two quarters/semesters
• Letter of recommendation from a supervising professor that specifically comments on both the impact of the applicant's research and his or her effectiveness as a public speaker

Please submit all materials, letter of recommendation sent separately by professor, to Sandra Wilson at .

 

2018 Emerging Scholars Award Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 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. In addition to two Winners, we have also awarded Honorable Mentions to four outstanding applicants who we believe also deserve recognition for their policy-related research. Please join us in congratulating our two Winners and four Honorable Mentions!

Winners

Brittany Bass
Brittany Bass, University of California, Irvine  

Ms. Bass is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Irvine. Her research project, titled "Do Technology Vouchers Affect K-12 Student Achievement? Evidence from California's K-12 Voucher Program" explores the effect of a technology voucher program on student's Math and English test scores. As a faculty member remarked, Brittany "does careful and creative work that uses state-of-the-art evaluation methods, while also being motivated by important policy questions." 

Jacob Kirksey
Jacob Kirksey, University of California, Santa Barbara

Mr. Kirksey is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research project, titled “Going Beyond What is Expected: ICE Enforcement and Chronic Absenteeism of Migrant and Non-Migrant Students in a California School District” explores the relationship between ICE raids and school attendance, and implications for policy. As a faculty member remarked, "Jacob is a highly sought-after graduate student not only because of his stellar work but also because he exudes a remarkable energy and passion." 

Honorable Mentions

Adam Fine, University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior (Project Title: "And Justice For All: Determinants and Effects of Juvenile Justice System Processing on First-Time Juvenile Offenders")

Tessa Provins, University of California, Merced - Department of Political Science (Project Title: "The Effect of Gender on Member Assignments to Committees in State Legislatures")

Zachary Bleemer, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics (Project Title: "Approaching a Tipping Point? A History and Prospectus of Funding for the University of California"

Matt Barno, University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law, and Society (Project Title: "Orange County PARS Evaluation Report")

  

Past Winners

Winners (2017)

Dallas Augustine, University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law, and Society

Jay Plasman, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Education

Honorable Mentions (2017)

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

Rylan Simpson, University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law, & Society

Winners (2016)

Rebecca Taylor, University of California, Berkeley - Agricultural & Resource Economics

Anne Brown, University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Urban Planning

Honorable Mentions (2016)

Matt Lesenyie, University of California, Davis - Department of Political Science

Raul Tadle, University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics

Natalie Pifer, University of California, Irvine – Department of Criminology, Law and Society

Winners (2015)

Ann Hollingshead, Univesity of California, Berkeley - Goldman School of Public Policy

Cameron Sublett, University of California, Santa Barbara - Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

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