Since 1998, MAPOR has recognized excellence in student papers presented at its annual conference. These annual awards are overseen and refereed by MAPOR’s Fellows. Beginning in 2011, the MAPOR Fellows Student Paper Competition has bestowed two awards: one for the best paper in public opinion, and another for the best paper in methodology.

The award for best paper in public opinion was renamed in 2015 to honor Dr. Doris A. Graber (1923-2018), who was deeply involved with MAPOR at its inception. She served as president in 1980-81 and became MAPOR’s inaugural Fellow in 1988.

The award for best paper in methodology was renamed in 2017 to honor the memory of Dr. Allan L. McCutcheon (1950-2015), who contributed greatly to MAPOR as president in 2003-04. McCutcheon was named MAPOR Fellow in 2007.

See the 2018 competition here.

Doris A. Graber Award for Best Public Opinion Paper (Before 2016: Best Public Opinion Paper)

Year Winner Paper Title
2019 Margaret Brower Reframing Women’s Issues: Intersectional Frames & Policy Agendas
2018 Beyza Ekin Buyuker Democracy and the “Other”: Outgroup Attitudes and Support for Anti-Democratic Norms
2017 Yangsun Hong Social media use, exposure to disagreement, and offline expressive participation: The moderating role of self-censorship
2016 Ozan Kuru De-Monopolization of Polls: What Do Ordinary Citizens Make of Different Quantifications?
2015 Natalee Kate Steely Virtual vitriol: A comparative analysis of incivility in discussion of forums of online mainstream news outlets and political blogs
Rachel Reis Mourão, Magdalena Saldaña, & Shannon McGregor
Online networking and protest attitudes and behaviors in the Americas
2013 David Sterrett The Self-Interested Public: How Self-Interest Affects Policy Preferences
2012 Samara Klar The Influence of Competing Identity Primes on Political Preferences
2011 Bryan McLaughlin & David Wise Testing the God Strategy: How Candidates’ Religious Discourse Interacts with Voter Religiosity to Affect Political Outcomes

Public Opinion Paper Award Honorable Mentions

Year Winner Paper Title
2015 Min Seon Jeong Relationship of news media consumption, political efficacy and the moderating effect of political interest in the U.S. 2012 Presidential election
2012 Jingxian Wang Interaction of Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy in China: A Case Study of Nanjing-Nagoya Relation Suspension
2012 Jiyoun Kim Selective Attention, Primed-Encoding and the Role of Language in Mediated Scientific Messages Processing
2011 Brendan R. Watson The Agenda-Setting Effect of “A–List” Political Blog: A Time–Series Analysis of Presidential Approval Ratings in 2009
2011 Samara Mani Klar Identity Matters: Independents as Politically Engaged Citizens

Allan L. McCutcheon Award for Best Methodology Paper (Before 2017: Best Methodology Paper)

Year Winner Paper Title
2018 Ali Rafei Improving Rotation Group Bias in the Current Population Survey using a modified Hidden Markov Model
2017 Felicitas Mittereder Can previous response behavior predict future breakoff in Web surveys?
2015 Colleen McClain Identifying psychosocial correlates of response in panel research: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study
2013 Yuli Patrick Hsieh Testing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Recall Aids for Personal Networks Surveys
2012 Chan Zhang Speeding in Web Surveys: The Tendency to Answer Very Fast and its Association with Straightlining
2011 Brian M. Wells Accounting for Nonresponse Bias in the Nebraska Behavioral Health Consumer Survey

Methodology Paper Award Honorable Mentions

Year Winner Paper Title
2012 Mahmoud Elkasabi Joint Calibration as a Technique for Dual Frame Sample Estimation
2011 Christopher Antoun Interviewer Ratings of Respondents Who Changed their Answers about Sex Partners

Best Student Paper Awards (Prior to 2011, public opinion and survey methods award winners were not distinguished.)

Year Winner Paper Title
2010 Emily K. Vraga, Courtney N. Johnson, D. Jasun Carr, Mitchell Bard, Leticia Bode, & Bryan McLaughlin Filmed in Front of a Live Studio Audience: Using Laughter to Offset Aggression in Political Entertainment Programming
2010 Mitchell Bard Do Latinos exist? Comparing the political engagement of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans in the United States
2009 Thomas B. Ksiazek A Network Analytic Approach to Understanding Cross-Platform Audience Behavior
2008 Melissa R. Gotlieb, Itay Gabay, & Stephanie Edgerly Effects of Gain-Loss News Framing and Political Ideology on Audience Sympathy
2005 Lindsay H. Hoffman & Jason B. Reineke Coorientation in a Public Opinion Context: Predicting Accurate Perceptions of Community Opinion
2005 Ray Pingree & Rosanne Scholl Media Effects on the Tendency to Reason
2005 Jason B. Reineke Doing Unto Others as One Does Unto One’s Self: Exploring the Association Between Support for Public Censorship and Self-Censorship
2004 Bruce Hardy Mobilizing Information Online: The Effects of Primary-Source and Secondary-Source Website use on Political Participation
2004 Michael Huge Measurable hesitation as a precursor to self-censorship: Replication and extension of the minority slowness effect
2004 Lindsay H. Hoffman Mobilizing information as a link to political participation: A content analysis of online and print newspapers
2004 Michael Xenos Information environments and voter deliberation: Unraveling the effects of campaign intensity
2003 Brandon Rottinghaus Mobilizing the “Silent Center”: Alternative Measures of Public Opinion on Vietnam Within the Johnson White House
2003 John C. Besley, Janie Diels, & Erik Nisbet Voting and Authoritarianism: The Mediating Role of Media Use, Efficacy and Trust
2003 Lindsay H. Hoffman & Michael E. Huge Media Frames of Protest Groups: The Effects of Exposure on Perceived Legitimacy
2002 Matthew C. Nisbet & Eric C. Nisbet The Origins of Morality and Equality: Social Structure and Public Opinion About Gay Rights
2002 Fang Yang Mass media and rally effect in international crisis: Media’s integrating role in the wake of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
2002 Justin Horvath The Big Dog That Did Not Run: An Analysis of President Clinton’s Role In The 2000 Presidential Election
2001 Christine O’Brien Public Opinion About Environmental Issues and the Media: A Preliminary Agenda Setting Study
2001 Jaeho Cho & Heejo Keum Probing Psychological Processes Underlying Framing Effects: Knowledge Activation as a Mediator of News Frame Effects on Social Judgment
2001 Brandon Rottinghaus The Buck Stops Here: Exploring Formal and Informal Methods of Gauging Public Opinion in the Truman White House
2000 Jennifer Oats-Sargent Representing the public: The use of polls in deliberative policymaking processes
1999 Gregor Petric TThe spiral of silence among Slovenian citizens: Some alternative solutions
1998 Dietram A. Scheufele & Patricia Moy Twenty-five years of the spiral of silence: A conceptual review