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    Kei Kawakami

    Kei Kawakami The Ettinger prize set a benchmark for my dissertation. When I was at the early stages of writing my dissertation, I looked at the past prize winners, and though about how high I should aim. In retrospect, I think it was a reasonable benchmark to get my research going, in the sense that it was somewhere between peer pressure from my class mates, and published work in top journals! Competing (in my mind) with past prize winners was helpful, because feeling that they are done by fellow UCLA students at a similar stage of career gave me a good sense of where my research is and was so helpful to me.