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SRMS Seeks Travel Award Applicants, Schedules New Webinar

1 April 2011 1,329 views No Comment
Jill A. Dever and Mike Larsen, ASA SRMS

The Survey Research Methods Section (SRMS) of the American Statistical Association offers a student travel award for doctoral students studying statistics, survey methodology, or allied disciplines to help offset the cost of attending the Joint Statistical Meetings, to be held in Miami Beach, Florida, July 30 to August 4.

Preference is given to students presenting a paper or poster at the conference. In addition, applications must be supported by a current member of SRMS. Up to three awards will be granted to cover expenses up to $500. Winners are expected to attend JSM sessions and the SRMS mixer. Previous winners are ineligible for this award.

The deadline for applications is April 15. Questions may be addressed to Jill A. Dever at jdever@rti.org. For more information about how to apply, visit the section’s website and download the January 2011 newsletter.

SRMS/AAPOR Webinar Scheduled for April

The next SRMS/AAPOR (American Association for Public Opinion Research) webinar, “Reconsidering Mail Survey Methods in an Internet World” by Don Dillman of Washington State University, will occur in April.

Achieving positive results with mail requires thinking about it differently than in the past. Dillman will discuss why mail contact methods are effective in today’s survey environment and provide examples of how they can be used in situations in which email contact is not feasible (e.g., household surveys of addressed-based samples) or a prior relationship exists (e.g., clients or students). Emphasis will be on recent tests of these new implementation concepts for mail-only and mail+web surveys. In addition, research questions in need of answers will be articulated.

Dillman is a regents professor and the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy in the departments of sociology and community and rural sociology at Washington State University. He also serves as deputy director for research and development in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC). Dillman is recognized internationally as a major contributor to the development of modern mail, telephone, and Internet survey methods.

More information about the webinar, including registration information, can be found on the section’s website.

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