Portraits of American Life Study
Hosted by The ARDA
The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Portraits of American Life Study (PALS):

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research announced the 2010 PALS National Graduate Student Paper Competition Winners. The judges were impressed with the quality of research and anticipate seeing their published work in the future. Congratulations! The judges would like to thank all of the entrants for their participation and for submitting high quality papers.

Graduate Student Winners 2010

Daniel Escher
University of Notre Dame 

1st Place - $1,000 prize
“Revisiting Risk Preference Theory: Can It Explain the Sex Difference in Religiosity?”
Taking up the debate over risk and religiosity, this paper investigates whether a preference for risk can account for the gender gap in religiosity.

Erica Ryu Wong
University of Michigan 

2nd Place - $500 prize
“Can Religion Trump Race? Interracial Friendship in Protestant Churches”
This paper assesses the role of racial and religious identity salience and organizational demographic composition on individuals’ propensity to form close cross race friends within their church communities.

Emily Sigalow (pictured right)
Meredith Bergey
Brandeis University 

3rd Place - $250 prize
“Toward an Understanding of Perception, Religion, and Decision Making”
This paper considers how religious tradition, importance of religious faith, and sociodemographic factors influence how people perceive religion to be influencing their decisions about career choice, marriage, and residency.

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