Zachariah Levitan wins the 2018 Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science

Zachariah A. Levitan of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY has been awarded the 2018 Lamb Prize, becoming the fourth undergraduate to win this coveted award.  The prize, worth $1,000, plus travel expenses and a one-year membership in the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) marks a career milestone for Mr. Levitan. The paper has been published by Negotiation Guidance Associates and may be found at “Levitan Paper.

His winning article is entitled “The YouTube ‘Adpocalypse’ and ‘Adcquisition’: Proposing a Change in YouTube’s Political Content Monetization Methodology.” The paper describes how a private market problem can have implications in the public realm. Read the précis.

In announcing the 2018 Prize recipient Dr. Berton Lee Lamb, chair of the Lamb Prize Steering Committee, observed “The paper is an excellent example of a submission that presents a challenging problem and offers a potential solution.”

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Prabha Unnithan (WSSA Past President), Barbara Bonnekessen (2018 WSSA President), Zachariah A. Levitan (2018 Lamb Prize Recipient) and Berton Lee Lamb (WSSA Past President & Chair, Lamb Prize Steering Committee)

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DEPARTMENTS WITH LAMB PRIZE WINNERS

UNIVERSITY at ALBANY, SUNY: ZACHARIAH A. LEVITAN, 2018

The 2018 recipient, Zachariah A. Levitan, will graduate from the University at Albany, SUNY in the spring of 2018 with a degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY has consistently been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s premier schools of public affairs. The College offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level degree programs in public administration, public policy, international affairs, and political science. Talented students come to Rockefeller for the knowledge and tools to make a difference in the world. Rockefeller College prides itself on preparing dynamic leaders who will shape the public policies of the future. Students are able to benefit from academic and experiential learning opportunities in the New York Capital Region and beyond to develop a strong foundation for careers in the public, nonprofit and private sectors as well as careers in teaching and research. The University at Albany is the premier public research university in the Capital Region and offers more than 17,000 students the expansive opportunities of a large university in an environment designed to foster individual success.

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY: CLAIRE McMORRIS, 2017

The 2017 Lamb Prize Recipient, Claire McMorris, graduated in spring of 2017 with a degree in Political Science from Oregon State University.

Oregon State University is a public research university and the largest university in the state of Oregon. The main campus for OSU is in Corvallis, with other campuses in Bend, Newport, Portland, and online.  The Political Science department at OSU offers coursework in four sub-fields:  American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.  As a Land Grant University, OSU offers students unique opportunities through internships, practical real-world work experience, and research with extension offices throughout the state.  OSU is one of only two universities in the United States to have Sea, Space, and Sun Grant designations. The political science program at Oregon State is housed in the School of Public Policy. In addition to its undergraduate programs in economics, sociology, and political science, the School offers Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Public Policy.

BRYANT UNIVERSITY: QUINN MASSARONI, 2016

Quinn Massaroni received the 2016 Lamb Prize and graduated with a degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from Bryant University in Spring of 2016.

The Politics and Law program at Bryant University is an interdisciplinary program that brings together Political Science and Legal Studies in order to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the terrain of a world shaped by persistant change, shifting power and debates about critical questions regarding the role of government, the importance of human rights and peacekeeping as well as current issues such as climate change. Students in this major also will develop and master a set of critical skills. These include the ability to: (1) define or describe key concepts, specific facts, and critical issues of U.S. and global politics and law, and correctly apply this information to particular examples; (2) use conceptual models and theories to analyze political and legal events and decisions; (3) identify and discuss the methods used in political science and legal studies research; and (4) apply political and legal science methods in making convincing arguments supported by evidence and reasoning.

U.C. DAVIS: DAVID BELCHER, 2015

David Belcher was the first recipient of the Lamb Prize. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis in December 2015.

The University of California, Davis is a public research university and part of the University of California system.  The university has over 36,000 total students and has numerous internationally recognized program across the university.  The Department of Political Science offers a cutting-edge education on the undergraduate and graduate levels.  At the undergraduate level, our department houses three majors: International Relations, Political Science, and Public Service, with a total of nearly 1500 majors.  In addition to a solid liberal arts education, we offer opportunities for undergraduates to do internships in Sacramento and Washington, DC, and to do research in political science, whether independently through our senior honors thesis program or through working with professors.  Our graduate program is highly ranked and respected, having been ranked 16th in the nation by the National Research Council and 17th by the most recent US News rankings of political science graduate programs.

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HONORABLE MENTION: Outstanding Submissions Recognized in 2018

For the first time the 2018 Lamb Prize Selection Committee has recognized two undergraduate papers as deserving of Honorable Mention for the Lamb Prize.

Listed as receiving Honorable Mention are:

Joshua Lindell, Colorado State University for his submission entitled “Carbon Tax.”

Anthony Taylor, Colorado State University for his submission entitled “Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technology in Contemporary Society.”

Although these students did not win the 2018 Lamb Prize, their scholarship was acknowledged by the Selection Committee with a letter of commendation and certificate.

The faculty nominator for these two undergraduates was Dr. Sandra Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Colorado State University.* In making the nominations, Dr. Davis said Mr. Lindell’s  analysis evaluates the effectiveness of a cap and trades system and a carbon tax, “His analysis recognizes the complexity of dealing with a controversial policy issue.” The Selection Committee wrote that “…the paper is well-written and presents many of the broad issues linked to taxes, carbon emissions, and climate change.”

In her nomination for Mr. Taylor’s submission, Dr. Davis said, “One of the paper’s strengths is the recognition of the interdependence of the social, political and market components of the problem.” The Selection Committee said this is “…a well-written paper that sets out the case for the proposed solution in a very systematic fashion.  It is both innovating and practical.”

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*Members of the Selection Committee who nominate students for the Lamb Prize recuse themselves from the evaluation process.

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Guidance from the Selection Committee

The Selection Committee for the Lamb Prize met recently to review the guidance available for those who are planning to apply for the Prize and those contemplating making a nomination.

Guidance:

1. Students who graduated in the Fall of 2017 are eligible to apply for the 2018 Prize. This also applies to future academic years. The deadline for receiving an application or nomination is the third Monday in February each year. In 2018, that deadline is February 19, 2018.

2. A faculty member may nominate more than one student per year.

3. Applicants do not have to be citizens of the United States.  Applicants and nominees must be majoring in Political Science or one of its related fields at a college or university in the United States.

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Claire McMorris on the Lamb Prize

Claire McMorris is the Recipient of the 2017 Lamb Prize. In this video she describes her experience as an applicant and winner. “Claire McMorris on the Lamb Prize” provides a quick guide to preparing an application.

The Lamb Prize recognizes the scholarship of outstanding undergraduate students like Claire

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Précis of the Winning Submissions

Click on the desired link to read the winning Précis.

David Belcher, 2015: “An Efficient Electoral Method to Reduce Voter Ignorance” 

Quinn Massaroni, 2016: “A United States Sustainable Energy Transition Based on Successful International Models”

Claire McMorris, 2017: “Corporate Oregon: A Narrative Study of Measure 97”

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Claire McMorris Writes About the Importance of Mentoring

 By Claire McMorris

I first learned about the Lamb Prize a few years back from my academic advisor at Oregon State University. Knowing how few opportunities there are highlighting undergraduate academic excellence in Political Science, I promised myself, “I’m going to apply for that someday.” I suspected that day would come when I started working on my capstone thesis for the University Honors College. I didn’t give myself an easy task. As my mentor, Dr. Michael Jones often reminded me, “this is more of a graduate level project,” which only made me want to dig deeper into my research. When I had a final draft ready, my next logical step was the Lamb Prize. I put my application together and submitted my hard work to the Selection Committee.

I believe one of the defining aspects of my project was the outstanding mentorship by Dr. Jones. As an undergraduate student it is easy to get lost in a sea of ideas, not understanding what would constitute meaningful research in a given field. Under Dr. Jones’s guidance I was able to take an advanced theoretical concept, the Narrative Policy Framework, and pair it with a relevant and multi-faceted issue, Oregon Measure 97. He helped me better understand the literature and work towards a paper that was sophisticated and intentional. Through my research and submission to the Lamb Prize I developed as a student, writer, and scholar. The support of my mentor was invaluable to my growth and receipt of the Prize.

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Claire McMorris–2017 Recipient–with her faculty sponsor Dr. Michael Jones of Oregon State University.  

 

 

 

 

Oregon State University Department of Political Science

The 2017 Lamb Prize Recipient, Claire McMorris, graduated this spring with a degree in Political Science from Oregon State University.  

Oregon State University is a public research university and the largest university in the state of Oregon.  The main campus for OSU is in Corvallis, with other campuses in Bend, Newport, Portland, and online.  The Political Science department at OSU offers coursework in four sub-fields:  American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.  As a Land Grant University, OSU offers students unique opportunities through internships, practical real-world work experience, and research with extension offices throughout the state.  OSU is one of only two universities in the United States to have Sea, Space, and Sun Grant designations.  The political science program at Oregon State is housed in the School of Public Policy.  In addition to its undergraduate programs in economics, sociology, and political science, the School offers Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Public Policy.

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Claire McMorris Receives the Lamb Prize at the WSSA

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Claire McMorris of Oregon State University received the Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science during the Awards Ceremony of the President’s Reception at the Western Social Science Association  (WSSA) Conference. The annual meeting of the WSSA was held in San Francisco April 13-15, 2017.

The Prize consists of $1,000, membership in the WSSA, travel expenses to attend the conference, publication of the winning article, and a crystal plaque. Dr. Berton Lee Lamb, Chair of the Lamb Prize Steering Committee, said “The Prize was created to support and reward undergraduate work in Political Science that highlights innovation and good writing. The submission by Claire McMorris highly exemplifies both those goals.”

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Photo by Larry Preuss

Ms McMorris was joined in the Award Ceremony by Dr. Donna Lybecker (Chair of the Selection Committee), David Belcher (Recipient of the 2015 Lamb Prize), Dr. Dawn King (Member of the Advisory Consortium), and Dr. Lamb.

The Prize was awarded by Dr. Lybecker, who is the Chair of the Political Science Department at Idaho State University, and Dr. Lamb. The winning submission is entitled “Corporate Oregon: A Narrative Study of Measure 97.” Ms McMorris studied policy narratives in the campaigns for and against a citizen initiative known as Oregon Measure 97.

In making its decision, the Selection Committee wrote that “Ms McMorris’ work is not only innovative, but well designed and logical, revealing her as a promising talent.” Professor Dawn King of Brown University remarked that “The quality of Claire’s work rivals that of graduate students years her senior.  Her original project design successfully demonstrates the potential use of the Narrative Policy Framework to better understand voting outcomes on public ballot measures.” 

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Claire McMorris (Oregon State University) and Berton Lee Lamb, Ph.D. (Past President of the WSSA & Chair, Lamb Prize Steering Committee).

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Oregon State University’s Claire McMorris wins the 2017 Lamb Prize

Negotiation Guidance Associates and the extended family of Bert & Phyllis Lamb are pleased to announce that Claire McMorris, a senior majoring in Political Science at Oregon State University, is the recipient of the 2017 Prize. Her submission is entitled Corporate Oregon: A Narrative Study of Measure 97

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Claire McMorris, Oregon State University

The Selection Committee found Ms McMorris’s paper applying the Narrative Policy Framework to the outcomes of Measure 97 in Oregon to be innovative and interesting.  The paper itself was well written, well-reasoned, and thoroughly referenced.

The Selection Committee chose her paper from among the applicants due to its “strong structure to the argument,” “innovating approach to using an interesting framework to study how persuasion shapes policy,” and “well-done analysis.”  Furthermore, as noted in the paper itself, the work is the first NPF study using ballot measures as data, and “uniquely blends public opinion, hearty campaign narratives and real policy consequences” (McMorris, précis).  Overall, the Committee felt Ms McMorris’ work was not only innovative, but well designed and logical, revealing her as a promising talent.

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Resources for Making an Application

Each application or nomination will be considered by the Selection Committee based on specific criteria.

  • Description of selection criteria and required documentation.
  • The submission must include a précis and paper.
  • Remember that you are writing a paper for publication. These resources may help you to prepare your submission:

Sage Publications

Eleven Steps to Preparing a Scientific Article from Elsevier

Writing a Good Social Science Paper from UCSD

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