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CRF supports interdisciplinary, scientific collaborations aimed at understanding the diversity, health and well-being of families while discovering solutions to the challenges family face.

Student Grant Writing Program

Call for Proposals                Due: February 23, 2018

New Pilot - CRF Graduate Student Scholars Grant Writing Program

Intensive support to develop NSF and NIH pre-doctoral fellowship applications

The Center for Research on Families has developed a pilot program to facilitate and support graduate students who are conducting family research in the development of successful graduate fellowship applications. Applicants must be in the first three years of a graduate PhD program; preference will be given to students earlier in their training. This pilot program is a 9-month program designed specifically for NSF and NIH pre-doctoral fellowship proposals. Selected scholars will receive mentoring and support throughout the grant development process, including: developing, refining and communicating your ideas, your approach, and your methodology. Scholars will meet bi-weekly from March to December with a timeline and objectives for each meeting and intensive writing over the summer.  Scholars will receive training on topics related to the grant writing process, ongoing feedback from faculty, mentors and peers as well as feedback from a pre-review panel. The program can help with formatting your proposal and assist with the submission process.  

Brown Bag Brunch: "Targeted Recruitment Using Facebook"

March 2, 2018 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Researchers have begun using social media tools such as Facebook to recruit difficult-to-reach populations for their studies. In this informal brown bag brunch, advanced graduate student Rachel Herman will introduce the Work and Family Transitions Project lab’s experience with this recruitment strategy, provide concrete guidelines for how to use Facebook’s recruitment interface, and field questions from interested researchers about how to apply this novel tool to their own studies.


Laura Vandenberg (FRS '15-'16) Publishes Findings Linking Fracking Chemicals to Pre-Cancerous Lesions in Mice

A new study has observed detrimental changes in the mammary glands of female mice following exposure to chemicals used in unconventional oil and natural gas (UOG) extraction methods, which include fracking. The study was published in the journal Endocrinology and was led by Laura Vandenberg, an environmental health researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences. Read more here.