The QRCA Board of Directors and the Young Professionals Committee are delighted to announce the 2020 Young Professionals Grant recipients. These remarkable quallies will be awarded a pass to our 2020 Annual Conference and a one-year membership.
Darya Akulshyna, Co-Founder & Research Lead, Vayoola Inc., Canada
Zoë Billington, Associate Director, Research & Strategy, Kelton Global, United States
Ilana R. Borzak, Strategist & Project Director, RealityCheck, United States
Anna Budny, User Experience Architect, Mobiquity, United States
The Young Professional Grant (YPG) celebrates the next great generation of young quallies.
This program was created in 2014 to help advance young qualitative researchers’ careers via access to networking and educational sessions at the QRCA’s Annual Conference. Since 2014, we have awarded 83 ambitious qualitative researchers that are making a difference in the world this valuable opportunity.
Grants cover all conference registration fees, a USD $1,300 value, plus a one-year QRCA membership, a USD $175 value, and are awarded to up-and-coming young adults aged 35 years and younger.
In case you don't know us yet, the QRCA is a not-for-profit association of researchers involved in designing and implementing qualitative research, consisting of moderators, ethnographers, consumer experience specialists, online qualitative professionals, social media experts, branding and strategy authorities and more.
Every year, the QRCA convenes at an exciting location to hear the latest and greatest in qualitative innovation, while meeting others and forming invaluable partnerships. We like to think of the qualitative world as one big yet small happy family – the connections coming out of these conferences are unparalleled.
QRCA's 2020 Conference will be held in Austin, TX from January 29-31.
Laura Albers, Kaleidoscope LLC, Santa Monica, California
Tory Rebecca Gentes, The Palmerston Group, Lebanon, New Hampshire
Kayte Hamilton, Brado Creative Insight, St. Louis, Missouri
Ellen Hart, Vivisum Partners, Durham, North Carolina
Heather Hilgenkamp, iModerate Research Technologies, Denver, Colorado
Emily Hoffman, Research Partnership, Ambler, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Marconi, GfK, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Margaret Mariani, The Strat Lab, Tampa, Florida
Meghan Morales, Cocker Fennessy, Seattle, Washington
Shatha Richards, PSEARCH Associates Company Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica
Colleen Berg, The Sound Research
Karin Chrisville, Edge Research
Katie Davis, Hall & Partners
Chelsea Gibbons, iModerate
Karlene Hanko, Slover Linett Audience Research
Susan Lackey, Fulcrum Research Group
Alexa Megna, The Pert Group
Beth Preece, Burke, Inc.
Peter Schamp, Market Dynamics Research Group
Kim Schonfeld, Lieberman Research Worldwide
Anisha Shetty, HawkPartners
Sarah Tax, Research Partnership
Arielle Trammel-Fisher, Galileo Research & Strategy LLC
Berkley Wooten, The Link Group
Anya Zadrozny, Self-Employed
Return in 2020 for deadlines to apply.
The Young Professionals Grant (YPG) includes all registration fees where recipients can attend any of the 30+ educational sessions led by qualitative experts, Thursday evening Gala, all networking events, and luncheon and evening meals – a USD $1300 value. This grant does not include travel or lodging expenses associated with attending the annual conference.
Aged 35 years or younger at the time of the conference
Your primary professional role is those in training who design, conduct, analyze or support the conduct and analysis of primary qualitative research and function as research suppliers and/or consultants.
Current QRCA members: Must not have attended a QRCA annual conference in the past 5 years.
Grants will be awarded based on age, experience level and a personal statement provided by the applicant. All individuals must meet standard membership qualifications for attendance at the time they apply. Only one grant will be awarded to a single company or firm. Grant awards are non-transferable.