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Four Ford School students honored with Institute for Social Research Next Generation Awards

June 17, 2020

Ford School students were honored by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research’s (ISR) Next Generation Awards.

The donor-funded awards propel recipients forward in their careers and catalyze impactful research projects. ISR says this group represents "the immense potential among our early-career and student researchers."

Sydney Carr, a joint public policy and political science PhD student, received an award from The Hanes Walton, Jr. Endowment for Graduate Study in Racial and Ethnic Politics for her work, “The Right to Bare Arms: Representation of Michelle Obama in Political News Media.”

Ben Goehring, also pursuing his PhD in public policy and political science, was given the Philip Converse and Warren Miller Fellowship in American Political Behavior for his study, “Behavioral Foundations of Presidential Accountability”, working with Ford School faculty by courtesy Kenneth Lowande.

Research by Elizabeth Burland, a Ph.D. student in public policy and sociology, about “Postsecondary Decision Making: The Role of Family, School and Financial Aid Provision” received both the Sarri Family Fellowship for Research on Educational Attainment of Children in Low Income Families and the Weinberg Graduate Student Award. She said, “I hope to use my research to influence policies that aim to help students make decisions and that give students opportunities to pursue college. This funding will result in at least one academic publication which is necessary for opening career opportunities, and will help launch me into a career speaking to both sociological knowledge as well as real policy change.”

James Allen, working on his PhD in public policy and economics, also received a Weinberg Award for his work on “Investingin Child Nutrition: Evaluation of a Growth-based Anthropometric Incentives (GAIN) program.”

The full list of awardees can be seen here.