Undergraduate Assistantship Application

One assistantship award in the amount of $3000  will be given to a University of Massachusetts Amherst  undergraduate student who exhibits the potential to make outstanding contributions to the field of family research and seeks further mentoring in this area. This student will assist a faculty member with his/her research on families.

Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be due on February 27, 2015.


Students must be undergraduate students in their junior year at UMass Amherst, who have a demonstrated interest and background in family research.  Students must be attending full time and able to commit to a year-long assistantship from September 2015 to May 2016. 

The Award

The recipients will be required to attend two roundtable sessions at the Center for Research on Families to briefly present the research assistantship topic to other student award recipients (October 2015 and April 2016).  The student will also be invited to a lunch reception in the spring. Awards are processed through the UMass Financial Aid Office and posted to student’s university account. 

To Apply 

1.  Identify and confirm with a faculty mentor about a family research project for the following year.  Faculty are eager to find talented students to help with their research, so make contact with them right away to discuss working with and learning from them. 

2.  Once the project is clarified complete the information on the APPLICATION below. Please make sure to complete all information and to provide a project title of the research assistantship, 

2.   Write a STATEMENT OF INTEREST which describes what you will be doing on the research project and the intended value of the assistantship to your academic development. (2 pages single-spaced). Make sure the project is meaningful and important to you.  Get advice from your faculty mentor. (upload this statement below)

3.   Ask your mentor for a nominating LETTER OF SUPPORT. The letter should indicate the specific research project in family research, their commitment to working with you for an academic year, and their investment in mentoring you in research practices.  Please send these confidential letters of support to nominate this student to Wendy Varner by email (wendy@sbs.umass.edu) or sent via campus mail (622 Tobin Hall).  


Complete applications are due on Friday, February 27, 2015 by 5 p.m. (nominating letter must be recieved by that time)


Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by a committee convened by CRF. The awards will be announced on March 27th, 2015. 


Please complete the webform below and upload the required statement of interest. Confidential letters of recommendation should be given to Wendy Varner by email (wendy@sbs.umass.edu) or sent via campus mail (622 Tobin Hall).  Please contact Wendy with questions: 545-3593.


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