The Etel Solingen Award for Outstanding Paper in International Cooperation welcomes nominations and submissions from any school and discipline at UCI as long as they bear on some aspect of international cooperation. They might be from Earth sciences (for example, on aspects of global environmental cooperation); from informatics (for example on transnational dimensions of A.I., cyber-security, and other technologies); from biological or health sciences (for example on transnational sources and effects of pandemics, global supply chains in food, vaccines, etc.) or other disciplines.

The paper should contain an original idea, a strong theoretical foundation, a well-developed research design and empirical analysis, and reflect the student’s own work. The quality of the research design, empirical analysis, and evidence is a criterion that applies to both qualitative and quantitative submissions.

Award Amount: $1,000

Requirements: Papers completed between April 10, 2023 and April 10, 2024 are eligible. The winner will be expected to present the paper at a public event open to the broader UC Irvine community. The winner must not have received the Ph.D. before Spring 2024. Papers formally accepted for publication in a leading journal over the same period will also be considered.

Deadline for Submission: May 15, 2024.

How to Apply: Nominations must be submitted through the online application. Only nominations from faculty members submitted by that date will be considered; self-nominations will not be accepted.

Online Application: Apply Now


2024: Lucy Pei, Informatics
“Globalistic Advocacy: Making a Gig Workers’ Movement on a Global Scale”

2024: Zaoying (Cherry) Ji, Sociology Honorable Mention
“The Global Rise of Women: A Cross-National Analysis of Growing Female Participation in Higher Education, 1970-2019”

2023: Aaron Tester, Sociology

2022: Sara O’Connor, Social Ecology

2021: Aaron Tester, Sociology

2020: Prince Paa-Kwesi Heto, Political Science

2019: Christopher Gibson, Sociology


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