Public Policy Student Receives Kauffman Fellowship

Posted: February 8, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Maura Kelly

Adriana Kocornik
Adriana Kocornik

School of Public Policy PhD student Adriana Kocornik recently received a dissertation fellowship from the Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit that funds entrepreneurial research.

“This is a prestigious award,” says Roger Stough, associate dean for research, development and external relations, “and Adriana was one of only 16 students awarded fellowships from Kauffman this year.”

Kocornik’s research will focus on the evolution of disparities in economic growth among states within India and will analyze how growth patterns in some states reinforce or inhibit growth in others. She notes that she began studying the development of India while at the University of Cambridge in England.

“There, I became quite interested in how India had responded to certain developmental challenges, and I was also quite surprised to find certain similarities with Mexico, my country of origin,” she notes.

Her grant will help pay for a three-and-a-half-month research trip to New Delhi, which she began Jan. 15. She is collecting data and interviewing various state government officials. Kocornik credits Professors Stough and Jean Paelinck with helping her to win the award because of the ideas and motivation they inspired.

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