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Research Team Will Receive an Outstanding Paper Award at the AAFCS Conference in Dallas, Texas in June

Research Team Will Receive an Outstanding Paper Award at the AAFCS Conference in Dallas, Texas in June

A team of six researchers led by Dr. Soo Hyun Cho will receive the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ) Best Paper Award for 2016 for Personal Finance/Consumer Economics at the 108th Annual Conference of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) in Dallas, Texas on June 26. In addition, the paper has also been selected as the FCRJ Outstanding Paper for 2016 by a committee consisting of four FCSRJ Editorial Board members.

Dr. Cho is an Associate Professor at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. Her coauthors are Dr. Travis Mountain, Virginia Tech, Dr. Nilton Porto, University of Rhode Island, Dr. D. Elizabeth Kiss, Kansas State University, Dr. Michael Gutter, University of Florida, and Dr. Tim Griesdorn, University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

The winning paper was titled “Experimental Design to Understand the Student Loan Decision: A Methodological Note.” The paper was published in the September 2016 issue of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 65-76.

The criteria for a Best Paper and Outstanding Paper Award are: the topic must be original, the research design and methodology must demonstrate high standards, and the research should have the potential to make a lasting contribution to theory and/or practice in family and consumer sciences. The award will be presented by Dr. Sharon DeVaney, Editor of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal.

The purpose of the award-winning study was to introduce a relatively new methodology of combining experimental design with survey data in the context of financial decision making. The research team collected data online while manipulating framing effects, aspirations, and gender on hypothetical student loan decisions. The survey was conducted in September 2014. The final data set consisted of 1,928 individuals who were randomly assigned to one of eight conditions.

The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal publishes original research in all areas of family and consumer sciences. AAFCS, the sponsor organization of the journal, is the only national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership and support to family and consumer science professionals in education, research, business, and not-for-profit

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