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Save the Date: November 13, 2014

The late Warren J. MitofskyThe 2014 Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research is an annual award of The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. The award honors important work on public opinion and/or survey methodology that has been accomplished, published, or presented at a professional conference. The recipient will be announced soon so check back often!

Read Save the Date for information on the Warren J. Mitosfky Fund and Award.

Frontiers in Undergraduate Research

The two student recipients of the 2014 Roper Award for Research Experience (RARE) presented their findings at the University of Connecticut's Frontiers in Undergraduate Research poster exhibition on Friday, April 11. Molly Rockett a senior majoring in Political Science worked with faculty mentor, Professor Virginia Hettinger to investigate polling data on judicial legitimacy. Brian Tiedt, a sophomore majoring in Economics and Political Science whose mentor is Professor Paul Herrnson studied American public opinion data on issues surrounding gun control. Learn more about the RARE Awards and the recipients.

Additional presenters included the Center's Katie Cavanaugh, Joshua Thomas and Emma Wager. UConn senior in Political Science, Ashley Palma who used Roper Center data for her research.

  • Professor Virginia Hettinger of Political Science, RARE Award Recipient Molly Rockett, Joshua Thomas, RARE Award Recipient Brian Tiedt, Fouad Bou Zeineddine, Katie Cavanaugh, Emma Wager and Professor Paul Herrnson of Political Science

  • RARE Award Recipient Molly Rockett - Polling Data on Judicial Legitimacy

  • RARE Award Recipient Brian Tiedt - American Public Opinion Data on Issues Surrounding Gun Control

  • Katie Cavanaugh, student reseacher at the Roper Center - Candidate Emergence in Congressional Elections: Impact of Gender

  • Joshua Thomas, student reseacher at the Roper Center - The Impact of Race on Congressional Candidacies

  • Emma Wager, student reseacher at the Roper Center - Candidate Emergence in Congressional Elections: Impact of Political Experience

  • Ashley Palma, a UConn senior in Political Science, grabbed our attention by using Roper Center data in her research - “Dodge, Duck, Elude, and Eschew: Fluctuations in American Public Opinion Regarding Intervention in Darfur, Libya, and Syria”


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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.

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