Named in honor of Charles Lave, an economics professor who served on the UCI faculty for more than 30 years who valued creative thinking, clear writing, and innovative uses of empirical data. He helped shape social science modeling through his teaching and through his classic book, An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences (written with James March). The prize will be awarded to papers that display clear exposition of creative models (theories) and point to, or include, data that permit evaluation of the models.

Award Amount: $1600


  • minimum 3.0 GPA
  • UCI School of Social Sciences undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the prize
  • applicants must be a full-time continuing UCI Student
  • papers co-authored with faculty are NOT eligible
  • the paper may be in any social or behavioral science discipline, or interdisciplinary in nature
  • It may be qualitative (with words only) or quantitative (with mathematical expressions) and may range from a scholarly article (including papers done as class assignments or dissertation chapters) to an op-ed piece
  • keeping with Charles Lave's values, clear and concise writing will be appreciated

Online Application: CLICK HERE

Deadline: April 5, 2023


2022: Aria Golestani (Ph.D. candidate in Economics)

2021: Mark Hup (Ph.D. candidate in Economics)

2020: Langou Lian (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology)

2019: Christine Chen (Business Economics)

2018: Paul Jackson (Economics)

2017: Jessica Kizer (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology)

2016: Jessica Monnet (Ph.D. candidate in Economics)

2015: Nanneh Chehras (Ph.D. candidate in Economics)

2014: Travis Cyronek (Undergraduate, Economics)

2013: Theodore (Ted) Figinski (Graduate, Economics)

2012: James Slodia (Graduate, Economics)

2011: Jaclyn Wong (Undergraduate, Sociology)

2010: Benett Holman (Graduate Student, LPS)

2009: Laura Bonja (Undergraduate, Economics and Mathematics)


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