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 and international student recruitment. The annual awardee receives a $500 cash award plus a complimentary registration and up to 3 nights hotel accommodation to attend AIRC's Annual Conference where the award will be presented. The conference is held each year in early December. In addition, the awardee's final research product will be posted on AIRC's website. AIRC is a 501(c)3 and your contribution is fully tax-deductible. A donation letter will be provided for your records. 
Each fall, students are given an opportunity to submit an application and an abstract of either intended or completed research. The abstract must include the topic, methodology, and hypothesis. The deadline for application submission is October 1.
The Awards Committee is comprised of senior AIRC members, AIRC Executive 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. In order for AIRC to be able to continue this award, we seeking your contribution. Add your contribution today. 

Application Instructions:

Applications for the 2020 award will be accepted after June 2020. Please email MemberServices for details.

Award Recipients:


Ms. Emily Kirsch, University of Minnesota, 
Research Topic: Ethical Possibilities In International Student Recruitment 

Mr. William Geibel, University of California, Los Angeles 
Research Topic: Diplomacy in Higher Education: Middle Eastern International Students' Perceptions of Internationalization

Mr. Kishmar Best, University of Albany, State University of New York
Research Topic: Internationalization and International Recruitment at Historically Black Colleges & Universities: Administrative Structures, Institutional Support & Challenges​

Mr. Harrison Fuerst, SIT Graduate Institute
Research Topic: How Experiential Off-Campus Study Opportunities Impact International Student Enrollment Decisions

Mr. George Kacenga, University of Pittsburgh
Research Topic: Globalization of Foreign Academic Credential Placement Recommendations for Graduate Study in the United States, 1932-2015

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: Capturing a Global Student Market for College and Universities: The Use of Private Third Party Agents in International Student Recruitment

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

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.

Marjorie Peace Lenn Papers are in a collection at Special Collections and University Archives, U Mass Amherst Libraries