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The Warren J. Mitofsky Fund and Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research

Warren J. Mitofsky
Warren J. Mitofsky

The Mitofsky Fund

Warren Mitofsky was chairman of the Roper Center Board of Directors at the time of his passing in September 2006. Warren had ambitious plans for the Center's growth, for enhancing its visibility, and for modernizing its storage, retrieval, and data manipulation capabilities. An energized fundraising effort to support these goals was one of his highest priorities. The Center has established the Warren Mitofsky Fund which will raise funds to support the Roper Center and sponsor an annual award for outstanding work utilizing the Center’s archived holdings.

The Mitofsky Award

The Warren J. Mitofsky award is given in recognition of outstanding research or reporting that uses The Roper Center's vast public opinion data archives. The award distinguishes important work on public opinion or survey methodology that has been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper, or presented at a professional conference. Special consideration will be given to work that is based on data obtained by the researcher or author directly from the Roper archive, as well as to work that utilizes multiple data sources or compares survey results over time. The award takes into account both work published recently and from the past that continues to have a significant impact on our understanding of society.

Contribute Now

Please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation to the Mitofsky Fund in support of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut. The Roper Center Board of Directors has created a fund in honor of our colleague and former Chairman of the Board, Warren Mitofsky.

Why support the Roper Center?

  • It is the largest archive of public opinion data in the world, with holdings from 1935 to present.
  • Organizations that conduct research generously donate their data to the Center so it will be preserved for posterity , maintained in current formats for use by future generations.
  • Access is provided to the media, university researchers, students, private research firms, and corporations.

The University of Connecticut also graciously provides some staff and office space for the operation of the Center. But the support of these institutions is not enough for the needs of the Center in the 21st century. In a Democracy, what could be more important than the voice of the people? Please, consider helping to preserve that voice.  

Remembering Mike Mokrzycki

The staff and board of the Roper Center are terribly saddened to hear that Mike Mokrzycki - public opinion researcher, journalist and wonderful friend of the Center - died suddenly on December 19. Mike was the founding director of the polling unit for the AP. In recent years, he had established his own survey research company, Mokrzycki Survey Research Services, which numbered among its clients NBC News, Washington Post, and Pew Research Center. He was known among his colleagues in the field of public opinion as an accomplished researcher and a kind and generous man.

Mike Mokrzycki, Mark Schulman and Board Chairman Bob Shapiro

Mike Mokrzycki, Mark Schulman and Board Chairman Bob Shapiro at the
2014 Mitosky Award dinner celebrating Award recipient Andrew Kohut

Mike cared intensely about the legacies left by those in the opinion research field, as evidenced by his role as the chair of AAPORís Heritage Committee and by his enthusiastic support of the Roper Centerís work to archive the industryís data collections. We are honored that his family has decided to pay tribute to Mikeís dedication to the preservation of public opinion research by requesting donations in his memory be made to the Warren Mitofsky Fund to support the work of the Roper Center. We offer Mikeís wife and sons both our gratitude and our deepest sympathies on their tragic loss.

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OH, WHAT A NIGHT...November 13, 2014!

Andrew Kohut speaks to attendees after accepting the Mitofsky Award Andrew Kohut and wife Diane Colosanto
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