Two PhD candidates win Election Research Center funding competition

Megan Duncan

Megan Duncan and David Coppini, Ph.D. candidates in SJMC, were awarded funding in the inaugural Research Project Funding Competition by UW-Madison’s Election Research Center.

The competition was open to graduate students from all departments who are affiliated with the research center. It was designed to provide students funding to work on a single research project related to elections.


Duncan and Coppini will work together to investigate how opinion climates and political affiliations affect conversations surrounding political candidates in a mobile app. The money will be used to pay for a nationally representative sample of research participants.



Other winners were Michael DeCrescenzo, Micah Dillard and Benjamin Toff of political science, and Wilson Law of La Follette School of Public Affairs.