Each year at the annual conference, PTC offers two named awards for excellence in research. The 2018 award winners are:
The Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award
- Lian Wang, Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Southwest Petroleum University, People’s Republic of China, and Co-author, Chun Liu, Professor at the School of Economics and Management at Southwest Jiaotong University, People’s Republic of China
The Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award
- Jenna Grzeslo, a doctoral student from Pennsylvania State University, USA
YALE M. BRAUNSTEIN STUDENT PRIZE AWARD
The Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award is awarded to the best student research paper at PTC’s annual conference.
The late Yale Braunstein, a long-time PTC member, initiated the award in 2007. The award was originally named after Yale’s father, O. S. Braunstein. In 2017, with approval from the Braunstein family, the award was renamed the Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award.
The prize is valued at over USD 2,000 and includes a USD 1,000 cash award, conference registration, and up to USD 1,500 for travel and accommodations to present at PTC’s annual conference.
The 2018 Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award recipient was Jenna Grzeslo, a doctoral student from Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Jenna’s paper, Building Communities, Bridging Divides: Community Technology Centers and Social Capital, explores the use of community technology centers (CTCs) by adults in the U.S., using a unique measure of social capital generated at CTCs through data collected from the Amazon Mechanical Turk and a Qualtrics Survey Panel.
Jenna presented her paper in the Young Scholar 2 session: Developing Mobile Broadband Policy to Support Competition on Tuesday, 23 January 2018.
Maria Massaro, Doctoral Student, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
(known as O.S. Braunstein Student Prize Award prior to 2017)
Marcela Gómez, Doctoral Student, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tyler Tokunaga, Undergraduate Student, Marshall School of Business and Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, USA
MEHEROO JUSSAWALLA RESEARCH PRIZE AWARD
PTC awards the Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award to the best participant research paper at PTC’s annual conference. The award, which is named in honor of the late international telecommunications scholar Meheroo Jussawalla, is open to all participants at the annual conference with research papers accepted for presentation.
The 2018 Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award recipient was Lian Wang, Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Southwest Petroleum University, People’s Republic of China.
Lian’s paper, co-authored by Chun Liu, Professor at the School of Economics and Management at Southwest Jiaotong University in China, titled Building Communities, Does National Broadband Plan Narrow Digital Divide? Evidence from China, explores how a national broadband plan could narrow a nation’s regional digital divide using recent national statistical data sets to quantify the impact of China’s national broadband strategy on the digital divide. It also focuses on how the emphasis on broadband policy must be changed from continuing to invest in infrastructure to targeting users directly, especially in countries that have entered the saturation stage of broadband development.
Lian Wang presented his paper in the Research Workshop: Overcoming the Digital Divide on Sunday, 21 January 2018.
Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor, Telecommunications and Law, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Dr. Chun Liu, Associate Professor, School of Economics and Management, Southwest Jiaotong University, People’s Republic of China
Sung Wook Ji, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University, USA
Young-jun Choi, Professor, Department of International Business and Trade, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea
Min Ho Ryu, Internet Research Team Leader, Naver Open Research Infonet (NORI), NAVER Corporation, Republic of Korea