Kauffman Foundation Announces 2010 Emerging Scholars Program Recipients

Lacey Graverson, 816-932-1116, lgraverson@kauffman.org, Kauffman Foundation

Awards presented at the 2010 ASSA annual meeting

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Jan. 5, 2010 – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the 2010 recipients of the Kauffman Emerging Scholars Program. This program recognizes the achievements of young scholars who are making significant contributions to research in entrepreneurship. The awards were presented yesterday at the Allied Social Science Associations' annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

"Even though entrepreneurship is key to a sustainable economy, we have limited knowledge of this vital practice," said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. "By promoting entrepreneurship as a legitimate field of academic study, we are encouraging the best and brightest to focus their academic careers on entrepreneurship. We hope these outstanding researchers will go on to teach and study entrepreneurship throughout their careers."

The Kauffman Foundation funds a series of programs and initiatives designed to promote entrepreneurship as an important field of study and create a substantial body of research on entrepreneurship and innovation. The programs assist talented young scholars in their efforts to earn doctoral degrees, encourage scholars to conduct research early in their careers and recognize ground-breaking research—all with a focus on entrepreneurship. The Foundation's Emerging Scholars Program supports and recognizes achievements at each career level of an academic professional. Following are the recipients of two Emerging Scholars Program awards:

Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research
The Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research recognizes five tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members whose research will contribute to the body of literature in entrepreneurship. The fellowships, in the amount of $50,000 each, will be awarded to each Fellow's university to support the research activities of the Fellow. More information regarding Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowships can be found at www.kauffman.org/kjff.
The 2010 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations are:

  • Francisco Buera, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Brett Anitra Gilbert, Texas A&M University
  • Jeremy Greene, Harvard University
  • William Kerr, Harvard Business School
  • Ramana Nanda, Harvard Business School

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program recognizes 15 exceptional doctoral students and their universities. Fifteen fellowships in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded to the students to support their dissertation research in the area of entrepreneurship. Including the current class of fellows, 108 awards have been made since the program was created in 2003. More information on the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program can be found at www.kauffman.org/kdfp.
The 2010 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:

  • Marnix Amand, Yale University
    "The Macroeconomic Implications of the Wealth Distribution"
  • W. Chad Carlos, Cornell University
    "'Fast Food' Health Clinics: Institutional Influences on New Ventures in an Emerging Industry"
  • Emily Choi, University of California at Berkeley 
    "Fitting in and Making Friends: The Relation of Organizational Identity to New Organizational Networks"
  • Kellilynn Frias, University of Arizona
    "Essays on the Impact of Venture Capital on Product Form Strategies in High-Technology Markets"
  • Naomi Hausman, Harvard University
    "The Effects of Health Insurance Costs on Small Business Outcomes"
  • Peng Huang, Georgia Institute of Technology
    "Essays on Platform Innovation Ecosystems Formation: Evidence from Start-up Independent Software Vendors in the Enterprise Software Industry"
  • Amol Joshi, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    "Entrepreneurial Discovery and Information Complexity in Knowledge-Intensive Industries"
  • David Kryscynski, Emory University
    "The Human Capital Edge in Small Entrepreneurial Firms: Do These Firms Have Incentive Advantages?"
  • Xiaoyang Li, University of Michigan
    "Essays in Law, Finance and Entrepreneurship"
  • Hong Luo, New York University
    "When to Sell Your Ideas? Theory and Evidence from the Movie Industry"
  • Rory McDonald, Stanford University
    "Entrepreneurship, New Market Construction, and Competitive Interaction"
  • Sarada, University of California at San Diego
    "Essays on the Determinants of Entrepreneurship"
  • Juan Carlos Suárez, University of California at Berkeley
    "Decisions in Public Economics"
  • Rodrigo Wagner, Harvard University
    "Pioneer Exporters: Entrepreneurs Discovering New Export Sectors in Less Developed Countries"
  • Rukiye Yavuz, University of Minnesota
    "The Role of Founders' Immigrant Status in the Internationalization of New Ventures in High Technology Industries"