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Survey Research Lab honors two for dissertations

Greg Jaeger, News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Survey Research Laboratory has announced the winners of the 2003 Robert Ferber Dissertation Award and the 2003 Seymour Sudman Dissertation Award, both for excellence in the use of survey as part of a doctoral dissertation.

Geology graduate student Leo Zulu of Urbana was selected as the winner of the Ferber award. Zulu’s dissertation is titled "Rescaling Conservation: The Political Ecology of Community-Based Forest Management in Southern Malawi." He is working to integrate the natural sciences, social sciences and new technologies into environmental analysis.

Psychology graduate student Reeshad Dalal of Savoy was selected as the winner of the Sudman award. His dissertation is titled "Meta-analytic and Experience-Sampling Investigations Into the Structure of Behavior at Work." Dalal studies industrial/organizational psychology, which applies psychological principles to the study of human thoughts, feelings, and behavior in work settings.

Each of the winners received an award of $2,400 at a ceremony at the Survey Research Laboratory in Champaign on April 16.

The laboratory is a division of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. The Ferber and Sudman awards were created at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to recognize the pioneering contributions to survey research made by members of the Illinois faculty and SRL.