Marjorie Peace Lenn Research Award for Students

The Marjorie Peace Lenn Research Award, open to both undergraduate and graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities, encourages scholarly research about international trade in education and international student mobility. The annual awardee receives a $500 cash award plus a complimentary registration and hotel accommodation to attend AIRC's Annual Conference where the award will be presented. In addition, the awardee's final research product will be posted on AIRC's website.

Each fall, students are given an opportunity to submit an abstract of either intended or completed research. The abstract must include the topic, methodology, and hypothesis. Submissions are due by October 1 and must be submitted to To obtain detailed application instructions, contact AIRC Associate Director Jennifer Wright at

The Awards Committee is comprised of members from AIRC's Research Committee and the Lenn family and the award recipient is announced in early November.

This award was established by AIRC through the generosity of Hobsons in remembrance of Dr. Marjorie Peace Lenn who passed away in October, 2010 

The 2015 application period will open in late July.

Award Recipients:

Ms. Jingzhu Zhang, College of William and Mary
Research Topic: Effects of Virtual Conversations with American Students on International Students’ Intercultural Communicative Competence

Ms. Lindsay Coco, University of Georgia 
Research Topic: Institutional Decision Making and Strategy: The Use of Agents in International Student Recruitment (Working title)

Dr. Gloria Shenoy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Topic: Information Mismatch: What International Students Thought Their Community College Experience Would Be Like

To read Dr. Shenoy's dissertation, click here.

Ms. Yuanyuan Dai, M.A. University of Tulsa
Research Topic: The Relationship Between The Usage Of Recruitment Agents And Student Satisfaction Among Chinese International Students

Marjorie Peace Lenn portrait About Marjorie Peace Lenn 

Dr. Marjorie Lenn’s contribution to international education and global quality assurance was unparalleled-and her contributions to AIRC were critical to its founding and early growth.

Marjorie was the founder and President of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (CQAIE) which served as a transnational resource on quality assurance for associations, institutions, and governments worldwide. CQAIE was the leading architect of the AIRC standards and Certification process and served as the administrative arm of AIRC Certification in its founding years. 

Prior to founding CQAIE Marjorie served as the Vice President of the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. She was a member of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies, Higher Education, founded the Global Alliance for Transnational Education (the first truly global academic quality assurance agency), and of the National Committee on International Trade in Education.

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