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CRF recognizes the importance of supporting family researchers at all stages of their careers. The Student Research Awards Program at CRF provides funding for undergraduate and graduate students to work with closely with faculty mentors on family research. Our awards also recognize outstanding student research on family issues. Award recipients are given funding, mentorship and this year's recipients were given the opportunity to participate in a bi-weekly seminar modeled after our Faculty Research Program where they present their research questions, methods and findings to fellow recipients and CRF faculty. Students who participated received valuable guidance and feedback on their project design and methodology and the experience of grappling with challenges with seasoned researchers and peers from across disciplines.

Family research is broadly defined and encompasses all disciplines. UMass Amherst students from all programs and departments are eligible to apply and representation across disciplines is desired. Applicants will be rated based on the quality and broader significance of their research, relevance to issues affecting families, and overall intellectual merit. Preference will be given to first time applicants and individuals who have not previously won the award.

To learn more about CRF’s undergraduate and graduate research awards, application guidelines and deadlines, please use the links on the left.