Undergraduate Thesis/Capstone Project Application

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

Applications for this recognition of a current senior (Class of 2016) are due on March 4, 2016.


The applicant must be a current senior in good standing whose honors thesis research or capstone experience is related to family research.

The Award

The recipients will be required to attend a Spring awards reception held at the Center for Research on Families, held in Spring of 2016, to briefly present their thesis topic to other student award recipients. Awards are processed through the UMass Financial Aid Office and posted to the student’s University account. Any positive balances for graduated 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 four pages with standard 1" margins, 12-point Times font, double-spaced): a 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 4, 2016, by 5 PM.


Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by a committee convened by CRF. The awards will be announced in late March.


Please complete the webform below and upload the required documents. Confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to the attention of CRF's director, Lynnette Leidy Sievert, at crf@psych.umass.edu.


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