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Campbell Social Science Research Prizes awarded

The 2007 Campbell Social Science Research Prizes, which honor the memory of distinguished social research scientist Donald T. Campbell and recognize outstanding social science research conducted by Lehigh students, were recently announced.

Victoria Federico ‘07, an international relations major from Ramsey, N.J., won the undergraduate award for her work titled “The Curse of Natural Resources and Human Development.” Federico’s paper extends the established finding in the field of international political economics that natural resource abundance negatively impacts economic growth, and expands on this “resource curse” literature.

Federio focuses on the negative relationship between resource abundance and human development concerns such as poverty, education and health and investigates the capacity and disposition of a state’s institutions to foster human welfare, and how resource abundance affects those aspects of institutions.

Detailed case studies on diamond-rich countries Sierra Leone and Botswana were included to provide greater insight into the relationship between resource abundance, state institutions and human development.

Bruce Moon, professor of international relations, was the faculty advisor on this project.

Two other finalists were named in the undergraduate competition:

Rachel A. Sansanelli ’07, a psychology major from Hillsborough, N.J., was recognized for her paper, “Maternal Personality, Child Temperament, and Goodness-of-Fit: Implications for Dyadic Communication Quality during a Reminiscing Task.” Faculty advisor for this project was Deborah Laible, assistant professor of psychology.

Marisa Enrico ’07, a psychology major from Toms River, N.J., was recognized for her study titled “Campus Rape Culture: Environmental Context and Personality as Predictors of Rape Myth Acceptance.” She examined how environmental context and personality factors influence rape myth acceptance among students. The faculty advisor on this project was Diane Hyland, professor and chair of psychology, and director of the Center for Social Research.

In the graduate-level competition, Michael Andreychik, a graduate student in psychology from Moscow, Pa., was cited for his paper "Social Explanatory Style as a Foundation of Social Orientation" He was advised by Michael Gill, associate professor of psychology.

Andreychik’s work examines the notion that people’s social explanations—the explanatory frameworks they use to make sense of others’ behaviors and outcomes—are intimately tied to their social orientations, and to the extent to which they demonstrate tendencies such as empathy, forgiveness and a rejection of punitiveness.

More specifically, the central argument of his paper is that social explanations can vary along a number of dimensions, and where a person’s explanations characteristically fall on these dimensions has important implications for her social emotions, cognitions and behaviors.

The other finalist in the graduate level of the competition was Zane Kratzer, a grad student in sociology from Bethlehem, Pa., who conducted a research project and analysis to attempt to define the issue of gentrification and its relevance to development policy for South Bethlehem.

His advisor on that project, titled "Assessing Housing Market Pressure: A Resident Survey of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania," was Judith Lasker, NEH Distinguished Professor of Sociology.

Al Wurth, associate professor of political science and chair of the 2007 Campbell Prize Committee, offered congratulations to all of the competitions’ participants.

"Many fine papers were submitted to the competition this year, and all of the students should be congratulated for their excellent work,” Wurth says. “It's a difficult limitation for the committee that only one prize could be awarded in each category."

The award-winning papers of the winners, which will be published by the online Journal of Student Award Winners (JSAW), can be accessed from the Campbell Prize website. Each of the winners will receive a prize of $500.

The Donald T. Campbell Social Science Research Prizes honors the memory of the late Donald T. Campbell, who was University Professor of Social Relations, Psychology, and Education at Lehigh University until he retired in 1994. Campbell, who received his A.B. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, was a distinguished social scientist who held teaching positions at Northwestern University, Syracuse University, University of Chicago and Ohio State University, and lectured around the world at universities such as Oxford, Harvard and Yale.

Campbell served as president of the American Psychological Association and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Throughout his career, he wrote more than 235 articles in the areas of social psychology, sociology, anthropology, education and philosophy, and has received numerous honors, including the APA’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the William James Lectureship at Harvard University.

At least 17 books have been dedicated to him by his colleagues.

--Linda Harbrecht

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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