DEPARTMENTS WITH LAMB PRIZE WINNERS

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.

BRYANT UNIVERSITY: QUINN MASARONI, 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.

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.

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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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Looking Forward to the Award Ceremony in 2017

The deadline for submission of applications or nominations is February 20, 2017.

The Selection Committee, Advisory Consortium, and extended Lamb Family are looking forward to the Western Social Science Association ceremony when the 2017 Prize will be awarded on April 15, 2017 in San Francisco.

Past Recipients of the Lamb Prize:

2015–David A. Belcher, University of California, Davis

2016–Quinn Massaroni, Bryant University

lamb-bert-phyllis-1945 Phyllis & Bert Lamb, 1944. Phyllis and Bert Lamb shared a strong belief in the power of education to enhance and preserve our democracy.

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Recipient of the 2016 Prize–Quinn Massaroni–Talks about Innovation

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Dr. Heather Albanesi (WSSA 2016 President), Quinn Massaroni (2016 Recipient), Dr. Berton Lee Lamb.

Click Here to view the video by Quinn Massaroni. Ms Massaroni was the 2016 Recipient of the Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science. In her video she talks about how she crafted her paper in preparation for submitting it to the Selection Committee.

She also discusses “innovation.” Although innovation is defined as using or introducing new ideas, methods, or devices, the term itself can seem daunting.  A tip from Ms Massaroni is to not be intimidated by the word innovation.  According to Quinn, “This word is often interpreted to mean groundbreaking changes; but the reality is that everyday solutions can be applied to various problems and can lead to meaningful change.”  

Many students examine everyday solutions in their senior theses, honors papers, or seminars. Almost everyone is in a position to present ideas for change.  This is innovation.

The 2017 deadline for submitting an application or nomination is February 20, 2017.

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David Belcher, 2015 Recipient, Talks about the Lamb Prize

In this video David Belcher talks about the Lamb Prize, including how he decided to apply, how he selected the paper to include in his application, and his experience since receiving the Prize.

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DAVID BELCHER, DR. DONNA LYBECKER, (Selection Committee Chair), DR. ROSS BURKHART (Poliical Science Section Chair)

David A. Belcher, 2015 Recipient, Dr. Donna Lybecker (Selection Committee Chair), Dr. Ross Burkhardt (WSSA Political Science Section Coordinator). Click Here to view the video.

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Bryant University’s Quinn Massaroni wins the 2016 Lamb Prize

Negotiation Guidance Associates and the extended family of Bert & Phyllis Lamb are pleased to announce that Quinn Massaroni, a senior majoring in Law & Politics at Bryant University, is the recipient of the 2016 Prize. Her submission is entitled A United States Sustainable Energy Transition Based on Successful International Models.”

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Quinn Massaroni with her faculty sponsor Dr. Richard Holtzman. Ms. Massaroni is a senior at Bryant University, Springfield RI.

The Selection Committee was favorably impressed by an excellent submission. The paper is well written, clearly presented, and creative. The Selection Committee commended the focus on the need for energy transition and climate change including its link to renewables.

Reviewers saw this as an ambitious paper that was logically organized and had excellent follow-through on a difficult task. According to one reviewer, Quinn’s “…use of the ‘best practices’ framework and search for novel ideas for a staged approach to change are indicative of a thoughtful person mature beyond her age.” Furthermore, the paper does a nice job of summarizing what three E.U. nation-states are doing to address issues of energy sustainability. The second part of the paper points out that although the culture of the United States is different from that of Europe, it may still be possible for the United States to adopt some European techniques. The solution presented is based on getting individual states and investors to adopt technical innovations from European countries that, if adopted, would help the United States reduce carbon emissions and increase reliance on renewable energy. This solution veers from the more common U.S. approach, and is thus innovative. Overall, the Selection Committee agreed Ms Massaroni’s paper was innovative by suggesting a solution that while not new, is one not currently taken by the United States.

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Award for the Lamb Prize Increased

The Lamb family is pleased to announce a great start to the New Year

The Steering Committee for the Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science has announced that the Prize was increased to $1,000 for 2016 and following years.

The Prize for 2016 was awarded to Quinn Massaroni of Bryant University during the President’s Award ceremony of the Western Social Science Association in Reno, NV (April 16, 2016).

The deadline for submitting an application or nomination for 2017 is February 20, 2017.

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