Published 03/30/16

Bryant senior unanimously selected for national political science award

Lamb Prize winner with faculty mentorQuinn Massaroni ’16 (East Greenbush, NY) has been unanimously selected as the national winner of the 2016 Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science. The award recognizes an undergraduate college student who best reflects the ideals of innovation, good government, refined writing, and communication skills.

In her winning paper, “A United States Sustainable Energy Transition Based on Successful International Models,” Massaroni (right) examines incremental steps the United States could take in developing energy sustainability. She explores successful sustainability models employed in Western Europe, noting that cultural and ideological factors would require adjustments for U.S. application. She also contends that it is possible to get individual states and investors to adopt technical innovations that would reduce carbon emissions and increase use of sustainable energy.

Massaroni’s paper was part of a semester-long project for an interdisciplinary capstone course for students in the Politics and Law major. She worked under the guidance of Associate Professor of Political Science Richard G. Holtzman, Ph.D. (left, with Massaroni).

She will be recognized at the Western Social Science Association Conference in Reno, NV, April 13-16, and receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Massaroni was a member of Bryant’s Division I soccer team. She is currently an intern with the Social Entrepreneurship Greenhouse in Providence, RI.