Monroe G. Sirken Award in Interdisciplinary Survey Methods Research

Most Recent Winner

Judith T. Lessler

Judith T. Lessler

Harland’s Creek Farm, LLC and Alston-Degraffenreid, LLC

For leadership in the application of cognitive laboratory methods to the design and evaluation of survey questionnaires and the study of measurement error; for substantial contributions to our understanding of nonsampling error more broadly; for influential research on interview mode and significant contributions to the development of methods for collecting data on sensitive topics.

About the Award

In 2014, Monroe Sirken created an endowment to recognize a distinguished researcher for contributions to interdisciplinary survey research that improve the theory and methods of collecting, verifying, processing, presenting, or analyzing survey data.

The honoree will give the Sirken Lecture (an invited paper) at the Joint Statistical Meetings and receive a $5,000 honorarium and an award plaque.

Selection Criteria

In some years, the award recognizes the contributions of individuals who improved the utility and efficiency of sample surveys by applying the theories and methods of the statistical, computer and information sciences. In other years, the award recognizes the contributions of individuals who improved the utility and efficiency of sample surveys by applying the theories and methods of the social, psychological, and cognitive sciences.

Nominations

The award and lecture are presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings or the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research the following year.

Nominations are due by December 20 and require the following:

  • Nominating letter
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Three letters of support – not to exceed two pages each
  • Candidate’s short bio
  • Candidate’s headshot

Questions

Please contact the committee chair.

Recent Award Recipients

2018: Colm O’Muircheartaigh
2017: J. Michael Brick
2016: Eleanor Singer
2015: Norman M. Bradburn