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
Phyllis & Bert Lamb, 1944. Phyllis and Bert Lamb shared a strong belief in the power of education to enhance and preserve our democracy.
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.
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 A. Belcher, 2015 Recipient, Dr. Donna Lybecker (Selection Committee Chair), Dr. Ross Burkhardt (WSSA Political Science Section Coordinator). Click Here to view the video.
The Lamb family is pleased to announce a great start to the New Year
David Belcher and his faculty sponsor Ethan Schiener of U.C. Davis
Negotiation Guidance Associates and the extended family of Bert & Phyllis Lamb are pleased to announce that David Belcher, a junior in the Department of Political Science at UC-Davis, is the recipient of the 2015 Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science.
The 2015 Lamb Prize Selection Committee was favorably impressed by Mr. Belcher’s application, written proposal, and the experimental research he used to support his recommendation for moving toward Ranked Voting Systems (RVS) in America. His submission addressing an important issue, voter apathy and ignorance, was well-written and presented. The research empirically tested a creative solution to those issues. It also showed a command of prior research on the topic, identified competing arguments, and noted the limitations of his approach and recommendations. A précis of his proposal follows below. Given the high quality of his proposal, the Selection Committee sees a bright future in political science, if he chooses that path, and wishes him well in future endeavors.
The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science is an annual award for excellence in writing and policy or program innovation that is open to undergraduates majoring in Political Science. The Prize is underwritten by the extended family of Bert & Phyllis Lamb through Negotiation Guidance Associates. Continue reading
by Berton Lee Lamb, II, Ph.D. Negotiation Guidance Associates
The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science is presented by Negotiation Guidance Associates in memory of Berton Lee Lamb and Phyllis Jeanne Schultz Lamb.
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Years ago, I enjoyed reading Herbert Spiro’s book entitled Politics as the Master Science. Spiro argued that the major, successful political institutions of our day are the result of the study of politics. One of the reasons I enjoyed Spiro’s book is because of the dinner table conversations in my home as I grew up. Our mother, Phyllis, especially engaged my sister and me in long conversations about successful policies and good governance. The interest in governance arose in the early part of our parents’ relationship and was one of the things they discussed throughout their lives. During our childhood, our father, Bert, focused on building his business. Our mother was also entrepreneurial, for a time owning an asphalt paving business. But at the same time they were absorbed in community affairs, such as whether or not to incorporate our small town. Both our parents were active in civic organizations. Continue reading
Good writing is important because the sponsors of the Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science want the findings or products developed by the winner of the prize to be useful and useable. Good writing helps ensure the usability of the winner’s work.
For the purpose of the Lamb Prize, good writing includes, but is not limited to: proper use of grammar; appropriate use of tone in an individual voice capable of specificity; conventions that are correct and communicative; logical organization and clarity; and articulation of interesting and important ideas.
Written submissions in support of an application or nomination must be typed and include sufficient references to demonstrate that the applicant or nominee understands the literature upon which the submission is based. Applicants or nominees may use any citation style. However, the citation style must be employed consistently within any one document and among all documents.
Bert and Phyllis Lamb’s interest in innovation might be best described as a concern for efficiency.
Phyllis designed homes for individual clients and for sale. Bert built them. She and Bert were looking for ideas, improvements, short cuts, systems of order, and cost benefit analyses and that would make the construction process faster, easier, and less expensive.
Later, when Bert was Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses for the City of Palm Springs he pursued innovation in the same way: How could play on the city golf course be made faster, how could employee work schedules result in less “down time?”
Although their focus was on efficiency, for the Lamb Prize we have a more expansive view. Spiro (Politics as the Master Science, pg. 161) observed that “…the most awesome problems facing mankind can be solved, if they can be solved at all, only through politics.” We might write a litany of problems but any such list will seem very limiting a few years from now. Thus, being innovative means identifying a problem that is amenable to politics. With that in mind, what might count as an “innovation” for the Lamb Prize? Continue reading