New england association of public opinion research


  • January 11, 2022 8:43 AM | Tracy Keirns (Administrator)

    The NEAAPOR council unanimously selected Victoria Asbury’s paper, "’Truly American’: A Multidimensional Experimental Approach to Unpacking the Symbolic Boundaries Around American Identity" as the winner of this year’s student paper award. Asbury’s paper focuses on a timely research question: what factors influence whether an individual is viewed as American? In the wake of the 2020 U.S. Census, which documented the greatly increasing diversity of the American population, understanding what factors matter for these perceptions is especially important. Asbury uses a clever conjoint experiment to examine the relative importance of ascriptive and acquired characteristics on perceptions of Americanness. The paper is clearly written and engages with a growing body of research on the subject. Overall, it is an important contribution that will be of interest to all social scientists who are working to understand the challenges and opportunities we face as America becomes an increasingly multi-racial society.

    The NEAAPOR Council also wishes to recognize Jing-Jing Shen's paper, "A Life Worth Striving For: Insights On Young Americans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing from the Harvard Youth Poll" as an honorable mention for the award. This well-written paper reports on the results from a nationally representative survey of Gen Z adults to document the significant mental health struggles being faced by this generation of Americans. 

  • December 07, 2021 4:50 PM | Tracy Keirns (Administrator)
  • November 04, 2021 1:52 PM | Tracy Keirns (Administrator)

    The New England AAPOR Student Paper Competition is to encourage student participation in the chapter and to honor the best scholarly research by New England area students.

    Papers for the 2022 competition

    are due: December 31, 2021.


    To be eligible for the award, students must submit a full paper for review by the NEAAPOR Executive Council or Paper Award Committee.

    a) Criteria: NEAAPOR welcomes papers in any field related to the study of public opinion, broadly defined, including research on (a) theoretical issues in the formation and change of public opinion, (b) the theory and methods of survey or market research, and (c) the use of statistical techniques in the design, adjustment, or analysis of survey data. Papers are expected to be the length of typical journal manuscripts (i.e., approximately 15 to 25 pages), and will be judged based on the quality of research design, originality, significance, organization, and presentation.

    The award committee will consider all papers that relate to the study of public opinion, whether they focus on theory, substantive findings, research methods, and/or statistical techniques used in such research. Students are limited to one submission each as the primary author.

    b) Eligibility: The competition is open to all current graduate and undergraduate students, and to those who have received their degree within the last calendar year. Therefore, submitted work may be from the current or previous academic year. Faculty co-authors are acceptable, with the stipulation that an eligible student must be first author. Eligibility is limited to students attending or graduated from an accredited college or university in the New England region, or to students whose primary residence is in one of those areas. Membership in NEAAPOR is not required. Submitted papers may not have been published or presented elsewhere. At least one student author is expected to be available to present their paper at the 77th Annual AAPOR Conference on May 11-13, 2022.  It is being held in-person this year in Chicago, IL.

    c) Award: The author(s) of the winning paper will be expected to present their research with a guaranteed spot on the Conference Program at the 77th Annual AAPOR National Conference (May 11-13, 2022).  New England AAPOR will pay for the winning students’ conference registration, airfare and hotel (up to $1000 total), in addition to a $100 cash prize for each author. For multiple student authors on a winning paper, the travel award can be divided among the eligible authors.

    d) Award Committee: The winning paper and honorable mentions will be selected by a review committee composed of this year and next year’s NEAAPOR executive council members and NEAAPOR member volunteers.

    e) Submission: Please send your paper via e-mail to Brian Schaffner winner will be announced in January.

  • February 04, 2021 12:16 PM | Tracy Keirns (Administrator)
    The 2021 student paper winners are:  “Impact of Popular Vote Margins on Accepting 2020 Presidential Election Results” by Brendan Hartnett and Alexandra Haver of Tufts University and “Combatting partisanship in measures of issue salience: A novel approach” by Lucas Pyle and Ryan M. Shaffer, also of Tufts University. Both papers will be presented at the 2021 AAPOR conference.  
  • December 15, 2020 12:00 PM | Tracy Keirns (Administrator)


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