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Awards & Prizes

WAPOR is always striving to recognize distinguished work in the profession, as well as to further the education of students and early career researchers. To that end we have a number of different awards that are given each year at our annual conference. We have also recently added two memorial travel awards named for Wolfgang Donsbach and Allan McCutcheon, two members who helped to shape and guide WAPOR over the years.

Helen Dinerman Award, presented annually in memory of Helen Dinerman’s scientific achievements over three decades of public opinion research.  The award, given since 1981, honors particularly significant contributions to survey research methodology.  This is a career award recognizing a lifetime of service to the profession and the discipline.

Recent winners include: Hans Mathias Kepplinger. Lars Lyberg and Ronald Inglehart. In 2016 in Austin, Texas, the award was presented to Max Kaase for his lifetime contributions and achievements in the field.

The 2017 recipient will be named at the upcoming 70th annual conference.

Elizabeth H. Nelson Prize, for the best paper presented at the annual conference by one or more persons from a society in transition.

Naomi C. Turner Prize, for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the annual conference (this is a student ONLY award).

Robert M. Worcester Prize, for the year’s outstanding paper contributed to the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Janet A. Harkness Award, for the best paper paper related to the study of multi-national/ multi-cultural/multi-lingual survey research (aka 3M survey research), or to the theory and methods of 3M survey research, including statistics and statistical techniques used in such research at either the WAPOR or AAPOR or WAPOR-AAPOR joint conference.

Past Award Recipients

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