Undergraduate Thesis/Capstone Project Application

An award in the amount of $500 will be given to recognize an outstanding UMass senior undergraduate student whose Honors Thesis or Capstone Project focuses on family issues.

Applications for this recognition of a senior (Class of 2016) undergraduate are due on March 3rd, 2016.


Senior undergraduate student in good standing whose honors thesis research or capstone experience is related to family research.

The Award

The recipients will be required to attend one roundtable at the Center for Research on Families in April to briefly present the thesis topic to other student award recipients. The student will also be invited to CRF’s awards lunch in early May 2016. Awards are processed through the UMass Financial Aid Office and posted to student’s university account. Any positive balances for seniors are issued as a check by the Bursar’s Office.

To Apply 

Submit all application materials listed below:

1. Complete the application form.
2. One letter of recommendation from a professor familiar with your honors research or capstone experience.
3. A brief essay addressing the following (not to exceed 4 pages/double spaced): statement of interest with any past research in the field of family studies; your proposed honors thesis and research project with objectives and methodology; and how your academic/career interests relate to this research .


Applications are due March 3rd, 2016, by 5 p.m. 


Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by a committee convened by CRF. The awards will be announced on April 4th, 2016. 


Please complete the webform below and upload the required documents. Confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to CRF's email at  crf@psych.umass.edu or sent via campus mail (622 Tobin Hall).  Please contact us with any questions at crf@psych.umass.edu


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