Winners Announced for 2012 BORDERS Awards in Immigration Research

Immigration processes and policies continue to be the subject of much political and scientific debate.  To enhance new research on immigration, in 2011 BORDERS invited proposals for its new Awards in Immigration Research program. 

BORDERS is pleased to announce that they have selected 5 recipients for the 2012 Awards in Immigration Research.  Two Faculty, and 3 Young Researcher awards have been awarded to scholars conducting research using the New Immigration Survey database (, a multi-cohort prospective-retrospective panel study of new legal immigrants to the US that provides a public use database with information on immigrants’ background, family, transfers, economics, health and housing. The NIS is supported by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

The recipients will be conducting research in the summer and fall of 2012 within the following areas: immigrant integration, migration and naturalization motivations, and comparative immigration analysis. 

2 Faculty members will receive $30,000.  3 Young Researchers (postdoctoral fellows or doctoral students) will receive $12,000.


The 2012 recipients are listed below:


Kristine Ajrouch - Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Eastern Michigan University

Proposal: The Muslim Immigrant Experience: Trends and Outcomes


Julie Stewart – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Utah

Proposal: Pathways to Political Participation: Comparative Perspectives on Immigrant Integration in

Traditional and New Destination States


Blake Sisk: Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Proposal: The Impact of Legal Status Transitions on Immigrant Labor Market Outcomes


Kimberly Twist: PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Proposal: Complexities of Immigration Policy: Family Reunification, Public Opinion, and Policy


Aaron Ponce: Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, Indiana University

Proposal: Immigrant Integration


The competition is open to U.S.-citizen researchers in any social science-related discipline.  The RFP for the 2013 program will be released in the coming months with a submission deadline in November, 2012.  The BORDERS website will have the full RFP as soon as it is available.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012