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The Andrew Kohut Student Fellowship Fund

Andrew Kohut 2014 Mitofsky Award winnerTo honor the 2014 winner of the Warren J Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research, the Roper Center Board of Directors has established an endowment fund for the purpose of supporting student research. Kohut Fellows will receive training in public opinion research and mentoring by experts in the field, permitting industrious students an opportunity to continue Mr. Kohut's work well into the future.

Sponsor the Andrew Kohut Student Fellowship Fund

Call for Proposals: 2015 RARE Research Awards

The Roper Award for Research Experience (RARE) is a subcategory of the SHARE (Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience) Award. SHARE and RARE are designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers, to introduce them to research in their chosen fields and to develop the skills they will need for further research projects. RARE teams consist of a faculty mentor and a student apprentice who apply jointly for the program. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on October 27, 2014.

RARE Award program details and links to the online application.

Read about the 2014 RARE Award winning teams.

The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments: We Love You, You're Perfect,
Now Change

United States Constitution

Politicians have often framed the amendment process as a procedure of last resort, necessary to ensure lasting change on a vital issue. But is the American public convinced by such arguments? What do "we, the people" think about calls to alter the country's governing document?

Read: The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Crossposted on Huffington Post Pollster

The Public's Perception of the Obesity Epidemic

Man standing on a scale

Obesity has been called a major health crisis and a national epidemic. Health authorities, including prominent spokespeople like Michelle Obama and the Surgeon General, have sounded the alarm, and the media has responded with a bombardment of stories about the state of the nation's waistline. But does the American public understand the significance of the country's weight issue? Or have people become so accustomed to the "new normal" of excess weight that they don't recognize the problem?

Read: The Public's Perception of the Obesity Epidemic

Gary Langer: Passion Unleashed!

Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates Gary Langer, president of Langer Research Associates and Roper Center Board of Director, was interviewed by Tom Kolly the DRI Director of Communications. The interview covered the art of polling and both the 2013 and 2014 DRI National Poll on the Civil Justice System.

Read "A Conversation with DRI Pollster Gary Langer"

Faculty Named First Roper Center Faculty Fellows

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research has named four University of Connecticut scholars as the first recipients of its Faculty Fellowship Program.

The recipients are assistant professor Dr. Thomas Hayes, associate professors Dr. Virginia Hettinger and Dr. Matthew Singer all from the department of political science, and professor of sociology, Dr. Michael Wallace.

Learn more about the Faculty Fellowship Program and this year's recipients.

  • Faculty Fellows: Dr. Thomas Hayes, Dr. Michael Wallace, Dr. Virginia Hettinger and Dr. Matthew Singer.

  • Jeff Seemann, Vice President for Research, Dr. Michelle Williams, Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Fellows, Paul Herrnson, the Centerís Executive Director and Professor of Political Science and Vice Provost for Academic Operations and Professor of Public Policy Amy Donahue

  • Paul Herrnson, the Centerís Executive Director and Professor of Political Science, Faculty Fellows, and Dean of CLAS and Mathematics Professor Jeremy Teitelbaum


New Webinars Available


Introduction to Roper Center Services - Tour the various services available through the Center. Learn search strategies for using iPOLL and the Catalog of Dataset holdings as well as a variety of approaches to obtaining cross tabulations.

Using iPOLL - Explore the content and functionality of iPOLL. Learn the nuts and bolts of searching this database to generate results for real research questions. Bring your research questions!

Accessing Datasets at the Roper Center – Experience different methods of identify studies to run detailed data analysis and download datasets. Using SPSS and RoperExplorer, this interactive webinar will run through generating basic crosstabs.

Read more about these webinars and register for a session at Webinars now located within User Support.

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