Barbara Pruitt, 816-932-1288, email@example.com, Kauffman Foundation
Foundation will present fellowships of $20,000 each to 16 doctoral scholars at AEA annual meeting
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Jan. 2, 2008 – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the 2008 recipients of the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship awards. Sixteen fellowships in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded to current Ph.D. students who are engaged in the study of entrepreneurship at U.S. universities. The fellowships will be presented at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 4, 2008.
"An increasing number of doctoral students are choosing a dissertation topic related to entrepreneurship," said Robert J. Strom, Ph.D., director of Entrepreneurship Research and Policy at the Foundation. "The purpose of the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program is to recognize excellence among a select group of the nation's future entrepreneurship scholars."
The 2008 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:
- David Benson, University of Michigan, "Corporate Venture Capital and the Acquisition of Entrepreneurial Firms"
- Brian Broughman, University of California at Berkeley, "Arbitrating Incomplete Financing Contracts: A Study of Independent Directors in Startup Firms"
- Michael Ciuchta, University of Wisconsin at Madison, "Learning and Identity in New Technology Organizations"
- Jason Greenberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Is it the Network or the Neighborhood? Individual and Neighborhood-Level Social Capital and Entrepreneurship"
- Christopher Hayter, The George Washington University, "Public University Spinoffs: Perspectives on Success and Failure from Academic Entrepreneurs"
- Anna Levine, Stanford University, "Licensing and Scale Economies in the Biotechnology Pharmaceutical Industry"
- Christopher Liu, Harvard University, "Trickle-Down Entrepreneurship: Prior Mentorship and the Transmission of Norms"
- Matt Marx, Harvard University, "Technology Commercialization in Young Organizations"
- Naranchimeg Mijid, Colorado State University, "Gender, Race and Credit Rationing of Small Businesses"
- Shane Moser, University of Kansas, "Does Diversity Among Co-Investing Venture Capital Firms Add Value for Entrepreneurial Companies"
- Romel Mostafa, Carnegie Mellon University, "Economic Growth One Industry at a Time: Entrepreneurship in the Bangladesh Garment Industry"
- Yongwook Paik, University of California at Berkeley, "Serial Entrepreneurs and New Firm Performance: Empirical Evidence from Venture-Backed Semiconductor Firms"
- Kelly Patterson, Cornell University, "Vetting the Entrepreneur: A Multi-Dimensional Study of Information, Trust, and New Ventures"
- Sarah Thébaud, Cornell University, "Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Cultural Legitimacy: A Cross-National Study of Gender Inequality in Venture Creation"
- Yanbo Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Essays on Returnee Entrepreneurship"
- Erez Yoeli, University of Chicago, "Business Networking in Silicon Valley"
Including the current class of fellows, 78 awards have been made since the program was created in 2002. Information regarding the 2009 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program will be available on the Kauffman Foundation Web site by August 1, 2008.