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CRF Honors Student Grant Winners at Annual Awards Dinner

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) celebrated its student grant winners at the Annual Family Research Forum and Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 22nd.  Steve Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, introduced the eight students recipients who received a total of $50,000 to assist their efforts in making exceptional contributions to the field of family research.

CRF, a research center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is dedicated to increasing research on family issues, building a multidisciplinary community of researchers who are studying issues of relevance to families, and providing advanced data analytic methods training and consultation. 

The CRF Student Research Grants and Awards Program provides support to undergraduate and graduate students to work with UMass faculty on research and enables the acknowledgment of outstanding student research on family issues. 

Graduate Student Research Assistantship Grants were awarded to four promising graduate students from various departments: Irene Boeckmann, Sociology; Jillian Crocker, Sociology; Holly Laws, Psychology; and Owen Thompson, Economics.  The award of $10,000 is given to graduate students who exhibit the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the field of family research. The awarded graduate student will assist a faculty member with his/her research on families for the academic year of the award. 

Amanda Otto, an Anthropology major at UMass Amherst, won the Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant.  The Assistantship grant is given to undergraduate students who exhibit the potential to make outstanding contributions to the field of family research and seek further mentoring in this area. These students will each assist a single faculty member with his/her research on families

Three students from across the country were awarded the Family Research Methodological Studies Grant.  David Albright, Florida State University; Andrea Gromoske, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Heather Lavigne, University of Massachusetts Amherst received the awards, given to fund graduate students who wish to attend CRF’s summer Methodology Workshop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  These workshops vary in content, but all introduce innovative research methods and analytical models/tools.

The dinner also featured former CRF Graduate Student Research Assistantship Grant winner (’10-’11) Melissa Hodges, who presented her research which focuses on gender and race income inequality and work and family policy.  Her journal article, co-authored with CRF Scholar and Professor Michelle Budig, was published in the American Sociological Review and won the 2011Reuben Hill Award, given by the National Council on Family Relations.

Information on all award winners and their research can be found here.

For more information on all of these grants and how to apply please visit Student Research Grants and Awards webpage.