Le Zhou
Le Zhou received the highly-coveted Meredith P. Crawford Fellowship from the Human Resources Research Organization.

Doctoral student receives prominent academic fellowship

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Le (Betty) Zhou, a doctoral student in the Management Department at the Warrington College of Business Administration’s Hough Graduate School of Business, has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 Meredith P. Crawford Fellowship in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology sponsored by the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO).

The Crawford Fellowship is one of the most coveted financial grants in the fields of human resources and organizational behavior. The Crawford Fellowship has been awarded annually since 1998 to a doctoral candidate in I-O Psychology or closely related discipline demonstrating exceptional research skills. Applicants are judged on their research promise, academic achievement and professional productivity. A non-renewable $12,000 stipend is provided along with the fellowship.

“It is my honor to receive this fellowship,” Zhou said. “I truly appreciate the education I received from our faculty, especially my advisor, Dr. Mo Wang. The financial support from this fellowship is critical to my dissertation research. I’m incredibly grateful to the Human Resources Research Organization for this honor.”

Zhou becomes the second doctoral student from Warrington to receive this well-known fellowship. Dr. Remus Ilies, now a Professor at National University of Singapore, received the fellowship in 2003. In addition, Dr. Joyce Bono, a Professor in Warrington’s Management Department, received the Crawford Fellowship in 2000 while pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 2001.

A major purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial support for recipients while completing their dissertation. Recipients will be required to progress satisfactorily toward completion of their dissertation and to present their research to HumRRO. Zhou’s dissertation is entitled “A formal model of leadership in team goal pursuit: Team composition, team design, and dynamic leader regulatory processes.” She is expected to earn her Ph.D. in Business Administration in May 2014.

“The Management Department has consistently recruited and trained many of the best young scholars in the field,” said Dr. Robert Thomas, Huber Hurst Professor and Chair of Warrington’s Department of Management. “Therefore, it is particularly notable and impressive when one, like Le, stands out from others in this impressive group. We are extremely proud to have her at Warrington.”

Zhou has already authored four peer-reviewed journal articles, one peer-reviewed conference proceeding, and three book chapters. Two of her publications appeared in top-tier journals. She also has made more than 20 presentations at conferences across the globe.

In addition to her doctoral studies, Zhou has taught two undergraduate courses at Warrington (Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior).

Zhou received a B.S. in Psychology from Peking University (China) in 2009 and a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2011.