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. Any UCI undergraduate or graduate student is eligible for the prize. 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. In keeping with Charles Lave's values, clear and concise writing will be appreciated.


  • 2014: Travis Cyronek (Undergraduate, Economics) "The Repeal of Glass-Steagall: Impacts on Commercial Bank Issues of Deposits."
  • 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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