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Kauffman Awards Dissertation Fellowships

Fifteen doctoral students across the country were recently awarded fellowships to support their dissertation research in the area of entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program annually recognizes 15 exceptional doctoral students and their universities. Including the current class of fellows, 123 awards have been made since the program was created in 2003.

"Kauffman funds emerging scholars to support our goal of promoting entrepreneurship as an important field of academic study," said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. "It is our hope that these bright young scholars go on to teach and research entrepreneurship throughout their careers."

The 2011 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:

  • Lakshmi Balachandra, Boston College
    "Pitching Trustworthiness: Cues for Trust in Early-Stage Investment Decision-Making"
  • Shai Bernstein, Harvard University
    "Essays in Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation"
  • MichaĆ«l Bikard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    "Essays on Entrepreneurship and the Commercialization of University Technology"
  • Huyen Curtis, University of Notre Dame
    "A Life-Cycle Model of a Faculty Entrepreneur: An Extended Examination of the Effects of the Bayh-Dole Act on Research Activities and Research Career"
  • Jonathan Goldberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    "Entrepreneurial Investment and Interest Rates"
  • Mitchell Hoffman, University of California, Berkeley
    "Essays in Applied Microeconomics"
  • Mauricio Larrain, University of California, Berkeley
    "Creditor Rights Reforms, Productivity, and Capital & Talent Reallocation"
  • Bogdan Prokopovych, University of Rhode Island
    "Three Essays on New Market Creation for Sustainable Technologies and Services"
  • Benjamin Pugsley, University of Chicago
    "Understanding Small Business Dynamics Through Household Tastes"
  • Olga Rostapshova, Harvard University
    "Micro-Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Measuring Returns to Capital, Determinants of Success, and the Role of Credit Constraints"
  • Erin Scott, Washington University in St. Louis
    "The Impact of Regulation on Entrepreneurship & Innovation: The Case of Bail Bonds"
  • Christopher Stanton, Stanford University
    "Entrepreneurship Through Online Outsourcing"
  • Ishani Tewari, Brown University
    "Is Small Beautiful? An Evaluation of India's Product Reservation Policy for Small-Scale Enterprises"
  • Xiahua (Anny) Wei, University of California, San Diego
    "Public Policy, Competition and Entrepreneurship in Network Industries"
  • Wen Wen, Georgia Institute of Technology
    "The Implications of Incumbent Intellectual Property Strategies for Open Source Software Adoption and Commercialization"

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