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Past Scholarship and Prize Winners

Polis Social Media Prize (formerly known as Human Digital Polis Social Media Research Award)


2014 winner: Alexander Hebels, Exploring the relationship among the presentation of self, trust, and images via the Snapchat picture messaging application


Alexander Hebels completed a MSc in Media and Communications at the LSE in 2014. Click here| to read Alexander's proposal.


2013 winner:  Cristina Malaspina, The Spiral of Silence and Social Media: analysing Noelle-Neumann’s phenomenon application on the Web during the Italian Political Elections of 2013


Cristina Malaspina completed a MSc in Media and Communications at the LSE in 2013. She has achieved a Distinction in all modules of her Masters, including her dissertation, and has graduated with a Distinction grade overall. In her Dissertation, Cristina has chosen to investigate Noelle-Neumann’s phenomenon of the Spiral of Silence on social media and has analyzed the sharing patterns of social media users on political topics adopting human-generated content analysis and interviews. The findings of her research show that specific elements of the theory, such as social pressures and perception of the surrounding climate of opinion, also influence the communicative behaviour of Web 2.0 users. In the specific Italian political context, features such as channel nature and as user anonymity may affect the degree of sharing of political ideas in the online world.





2012 winner:  Katherine Relle, A Prescription for Pharma: Social Media Reality Check|


Katherine Relle completed a MSc in Media & Communication Governance at the LSE in 2012. In her report she discusses the utility of social media analysis for the heavily-regulated global pharmaceutical industry. She currently lives in New York City and works as an Associate at JPMorgan Chase.



Polis Silverstone Scholarship

Photo of Milan Dimic

2015 winner: Milan Dimic


Milan Dimic is an LSE MSc student from Serbia. More info.|


2014 winner: Elena Serdyuk


Elena Serdyuk is a LSE MSc student from Ukraine. Her first blog post for Polis can be accessed here.|




2013 winner: Emal Etigani


Emal Etigani is a LSE MSc student and journalist from Sudan. Her first blog post for Polis can be accessed here.|


Polis Photography Competition


All submissions, including the winning images, can be viewed  on the Polis blog| and on our Polis Tumblr, at http://lsepolis.tumblr.com/|.



First Place: Alexander Hebels

Second Place: Veronica Leon-Burch

Third Place: Nur Kamaruzaman

StockWell Communications/Polis Research Prize


2014 winner: Nina M. Chung, Corporate Reputation, Media and Society


Nina Chung is a LSE MSc student in Global Media and Communications. Her winning proposal can be accessed here|.

Prizes and Scholarships