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2007 Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship Winner

The 2007 recipient of the Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship is Lisa Leslie, who received her doctorate earlier this year from the University of Maryland.
 
Leslie, who developed an interest in diversity issues as a Princeton University undergraduate, focused her dissertation on the impact of ethnic differences in work teams. Specifically, she found that ethnic diversity positively affects team processes and performance, but only in organizations and communities with norms for cooperation.
 
As a doctoral student, she was advised by Michele Gelfand. Currently, she is an assistant professor of human resources and industrial relations in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. 
 
 “I enjoy research and like having the opportunity to communicate research findings to students,” she said. Her research interests include diversity, cross-cultural organizational psychology, and conflict and decision making. This semester she is teaching courses on international HR management as well as staffing and selection. In the spring she will also teach a course on managing diversity.
 
She first learned about I-O psychology while researching different options for graduate school, and she is glad she chose this specialization. “I-O psychology is a gratifying field because the topics we study are directly linked to real-world issues,” she said.

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