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Awards & Prizes

The WAPOR Helen Dinerman Award is 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. Last year in Buenos Aires, the award was presented to Shanto Iyengar for his lifetime contributions and achievements in the field.

Please send suggestions and a few lines of justification by email to either Alejandro Moreno (amoreno@itam.mx) or Renae Reis (renae@wapor.org) by February 24, 2016.  The winner will be announced at the WAPOR Annual Conference this May in Austin following the decision by three past Presidents of WAPOR.

Other prizes given for annual conference research papers include:

  • The Elizabeth H. Nelson Prize, for the best paper presented at the annual conference by one or more persons from a society in transition.
  • The Naomi C. Turner Prize, for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the annual conference (this is a student ONLY award).

To be considered for either of these awards, authors must submit their completed papers electronically (in Word or PDF) by 5 p.m. EST on April 1, 2016 to renae@wapor.org. The title page must include each author’s name, full mailing address, telephone number and email address. Please indicate which award you are submitting for. Entries typically run 20-25 pages of text, excluding references, tables, figures, and appendices. Preference will be given to papers not presented elsewhere. WAPOR reserves the right not to give a specific award

WAPOR also gives the following:

  • 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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