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.”


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.” 


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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