The Lauder Institute Reginald H. Jones Research Prize Winners (2010–the present)

Beginning with the Class of 2010, the Lauder Institute has awarded the Reginald H. Jones Research Prize to the single most outstanding individual research paper. By graduation, students have produced both a group report and an individual paper as part of the Global Knowledge Lab. Papers are nominated for the prize by faculty advisors. The winner and runner-up each receive a cash award.

2017 Research Prize

Winner: Christopher Jones, Monetary Union and Regional Cooperation: A New Explanation for the CFA Franc Zone

First Runner-up: Eric Detweiler, Let’s Play: A Cultural History of Race Games in Central And East Asia

Second Runner-up: Yann Manibog, Private Sector Opportunities in Sub Saharan Clean Energy

2016 Research Prize

Winner: Andres Panza, Management of Soccer Clubs and Its Effects on Youth Academies
Advisors: Mireia Lizandra, Dr. Ronald Granieri

First Runner-up: Liya Eijvertinya, The Making of E-commerce in Russia: Trust, Capabilities, and Innovation Bridges
Advisor: Dr. Regina Abrami, Dr. João (John) Neiva de Figueiredo

Second Runner-up: JB Alan Marek, Legitimacy-seeking Strategies: A Comparison of the Las Vegas and Macau Casino Industries
Advisors: Dr. Witold Henisz, Regina Abrami

2015 Research Prize

Winner: Akshay Mukesh Jashnani, Crimea, Ukraine and Russia: International Law and the Secession/Self-Determination Debate
Advisor: Dr. João (John) Neiva de Figueiredo

First Runner-up: Christian Dungl, The Power of Media and Symbols to Transform Societies – How to Effectively Use Them to Establish a Strong European Identity
Advisor: Dr. João (John) Neiva de Figueiredo

Second Runner-up: Anirudh Rudrapatna Rajendraprasad, Curry, Bollywood and Hare Krishna in Peru: How India’s Soft Power Seeped into The Country
Advisors: Dr. Regina Abrami, Dr. Ann Farnsworth-Alvear

2014 Research Prize

Winner: André Izecson de Carvalho, The Cost of Commercial Orbital Spaceflight: Its Causes and Implications
Advisor: Dr. Noam Lior

Runner-up: Lynette Nicole Downs, ESG: Addressing a Changing World
Advisor: Dr. Mauro Guillén

2013 Research Prize

Winner: Maria-Paula Herrera, A Pragmatic Approach to “Solving” Child Labor in Bolivia Why Bolivian children are better served through fair child workers’ rights than through child labor abolishment
Advisor: Dr. Mauro Guillén

Runner-up: Lisa Diane Lovallo, Global Cities, Global Palates: A Look at How Gastronomy and Global Cities are Interrelated
Advisor: Dr. Mauro Guillén

2011 Research Prize

Winner: André Luiz Soresini, The Business Case for Power Generation in Space for Terrestrial Applications
Advisor: Dr. João (John) Neiva de Figueiredo

Runner-up: Matthew Craig Axelrod, Aid as Leverage? Understanding the U.S.-Egypt Military Relationship
Advisor: Dr. João (John) Neiva de Figueiredo

2010 Research Prize

Winner: Johanna Cornelia Kuhn-Osius, Cut out of Her Own Cloth: Entrepreneurship, Gender and Minority Status in China
Advisor: Dr. Ann Farnsworth-Alvear

Runner-up: Spencer J.W. Willig, Sovereign Wealth Funds and U.S. Law: Strategies for Navigating the Regulatory and Legal Landscape
Advisor: Adrian Tschoegl

MA Thesis Prize Winners (2000–2009)

Prior to the Class of 2010, the MA Thesis Prize was awarded to the most accomplished research thesis. Today, practical field research projects through the Global Knowledge Lab fulfill the research requirement of the MA at the Lauder Institute in lieu of the MA Thesis.

2009 Prize

John Chien
Concentrating Solar Thermal Power:  A Viable Alternative in China’s Energy Supply

2008 Prize

Robert Lane Sammon
Mullas and Maliks: Understanding the Roots of Conflict in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area

2007 Prize

Azim Barodawala
“As a Sapphire…to the blades of grass”: The Rationality of Politics and Power in Vijayanagar

2006 Prize

Matthew E. Addision
Consorcios and Brazil’s Consumer Credit Innovation

2005 Prize

Joseph Patrick Gaffney
Jordan’s Qualified Industrial Zones: A Qualified Success?

2004 Prize

Sarah Ingmanson
Corporate Pension Reform in Japan: Big Bang or Bust?

2003 Prize

Francois D. Desne
Social and Political Challenges of the Chinese SOE Reform

2002 Prize

Ramsey Elia
Will Spanish Survive in the United States Amongst Second-Generation Hispanics?

2001 Prize

Edmund Marcum
Argentina-punto-com: An Analysis of the Development of the Dot-com Sector of Argentina

2000 Prize

Jennifer Leonard
Socialism versus Liberalism: Globalization’s Impact on the Social and Business Systems in France

Zachary Woods Award for Contributions to the Lauder Community

The Zachary Woods Award commemorates its namesake, a student who passed away in a tragic accident in 2014, shortly after beginning his studies at the Lauder Institute. Before coming to Lauder, Zachary lived and worked in China for five years, using his fluency in Mandarin to raise over $1 billion in international investments for public-private real estate development projects in New York.

The Zachary Woods Memorial Award for Contributions to the Lauder Institute Community was inaugurated with the Class of 2015. Andriana Diez received this award for her honesty, sensitivity, consideration of others, and extraordinary commitment to improving the lives of others. This memorial award will be presented at commencement each year to a student who demonstrates a commitment to using their education and skill set in the service of the community.

2016 Award

Sarah Millar

2015 Award

Andriana Diez