12th Annual Dissertation Award Winners
SRL would like to congratulate Seung Won Hong (Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership), the 2013 recipient of the Robert Ferber Dissertation Award. Congratulations are also extended to Yannick Atouba (Communication), this year's winner of the Seymour Sudman Dissertation Award.
Due to the number of outstanding applications submitted this year, the Dissertation Award Committee awarded Honorable Mentions to Milo Dodson (Educational Psychology) for the Ferber award and Neil Vander Most (Political Science) for the Sudman award.
A ceremony honoring all recipients was held August 29, 2013, at SRL's Champaign-Urbana office.
Robert Ferber (1922–1981) and Seymour Sudman (1928–2000) were eminent scholars in the field of survey research. It is in memory of their contributions both to the field and to their students that these awards have been endowed.
Seymour Sudman received his B.S. in Mathematics from Roosevelt University in 1949 and a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Chicago in 1962. From 1962 to 1968, he was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Director of Sampling and a Senior Study Director at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC).
In 1968, Dr. Sudman joined the faculty of the University of Illinois and the staff of the Survey Research Laboratory. He was Professor of Business Administration and of Sociology and Research Professor and Deputy Director at SRL. In 1985, he was named the Walter H. Stellner Distinguished Professor of Marketing in the Department of Business Administration.
Sudman was a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1983 and President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in 1981–1982. In 1987, he was awarded the AAPOR Award for lifetime achievement, along with his longtime collaborator Norman Bradburn.
The author of 19 books and hundreds of articles and presentations, Dr. Sudman is remembered for several major works, including Response Effects in Surveys (1974), Applied Sampling (1976), Asking Questions (1982), Thinking About Answers: The Cognitive Processes to Survey Methodology (1996), and Marketing Research (1998). He is survived by his wife Blanche, three children, and two grandchildren.