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Stephanie Chan '17 and Timothy Marple '16 Win Rising Researcher Award

A number of these students are selected each semester through a competitive nomination process to receive the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher award in recognition of their scholarly achievements and their related impact on their chosen fields.

Junior Stephanie Chan and senior Timothy Marple, both political science, are being recognized for their significant contributions to political science research. Chan and Marple received praise from their advisors for their ability to design, analyze, and administer political science research tools. “Tim has acquired quite the reputation around the department for his research chops,” says Marple’s faculty advisor Jesse Rhodes. According to Chan’s advisors Meredith Rolfe and Kevin Young, Chan has made significant contributions to multiple research projects within the department, several of which have earned her coauthorship credit.

Among their most notable accomplishments, Chan and Marple are coauthors with Professor Rolfe on the research paper “Defining Democracy: Public Understandings of ‘Democracy’” which examines the everyday ways in which Americans understand and use the term “democracy.” This research has been the subject of several academic conference papers and presentations, including the Midwest Political Science Association conference, considered one of the top conferences in the discipline. “Tim is quite possibly the single most outstanding student I have encountered during my time at UMass, with tremendous intellectual ambition, great curiosity, and remarkable energy,” says Rhodes. “Stephanie’s contributions are of such high quality that I have added her as a coauthor on a chapter to appear in the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks,” says Rolfe.

Congratulations to Stephanie and Timothy!

About Stephanie Chan: Among Stephanie’s most notable accomplishments are her ability to design, analyze, and administer political science research tools as well as her record of publication: she is co-author with UMass teammates of the research paper “Defining Democracy: Public Understandings of Democracy” which has been the subject of several academic conference papers and presentations; and she is co-author with Professor Meredith Rolfe of a chapter to appear in the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. Stephanie’s faculty advisors are Amel Ahmed, Meredith Rolfe, and Kevin Young, political science. Congratulations Stephanie!

About Timothy Marple: Timothy Marple possesses remarkable intellectual ambition and methodological sophistication conducting public policy research and scholarship. Among his many accomplishments, Timothy is co-author of the working paper “Defining Democracy: Public Understandings of Democracy” which examines the everyday ways in which Americans understand and use the term “democracy”. This research has been the subject of several academic conference papers and presentations, including the Midwest Political Science Association conference, one of the top conferences in the discipline. Timothy’s faculty advisors are Jesse Rhodes, Kevin Young, and Meredith Rolfe, political science. Congratulations Timothy!

To read more about the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher awards and see all of the 2016 recipients, please visit Research Next.

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