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Campbell Social Science Research Prizes awarded

The recipients of the 2006 Donald T. Campbell Social Science Research Prize were recently announced by Lehigh University. The annual Campbell Prizes, which honor the memory of distinguished social scientist Donald T. Campbell, recognize outstanding social science research conducted by Lehigh students.

Amy Rikoon ’06, a psychology major from Yorktowne Heights, N.Y., won the undergraduate award for her honors thesis, “Oral vs. Written Narrative Memories and Well-Being in Late Adolescence.” Rikoon compared the degree of specificity and coherence of personal memories expressed either in oral or narrative form, and whether the structure of these narrative memories relate to psychological well-being. She was supervised by Ageliki Nicolopoulou, associate professor of psychology.

Maria-Cristina Cruza-Guet, a counseling psychology graduate student from Bethlehem, Pa., won for her article, “The Relationship between Social Support and Psychological Distress among Hispanic Elders.” Her research was conducted under the supervision of Arnold Spokane, professor of education and human services in the university’s College of Education.

Highlighting the complex problem of designing social support services, Cruza-Guet found higher self-reported anxiety and stress among elderly (ages 70-100) Hispanic immigrants who received higher levels of social support, but lower stress with higher perceived satisfaction with the services received, rather than the levels per se.

In the undergraduate competition, finalist Matt Kapitanyan ’06, an international relations major from Tenafly, N.J., was recognized for his paper “The Resource Curse Reconsidered: Freedom and Polity in Perspective,” which was supervised by Chaim Kaufmann, associate professor of international relations.

Two additional finalists named in the graduate competition were Michael R. Andreychik for his paper “Social Explanations and the Experience of Prejudice-Related Compunction,” and Samina Luthfa for her research “Debunking the Myths of Indigenous Knowledge: A Case Study of the Mandi of Madhupur, Bangladesh.”

Andreychik, a graduate student in psychology from Moscow, Pa., was supervised by Michael J. Gill, associate professor of psychology. Luthfa, a graduate student in sociology from Bethlehem, Pa., was advised by Nicola Tannenbaum, professor of sociology and anthropology.

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 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 Friday, June 09, 2006

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