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Family research is broadly defined as research on issues affecting families and thus encompasses numerous disciplines.
Since 2003, CRF has offered its groundbreaking Family Research Scholars Program, which provides selected UMass Amherst and Five Colleges faculty with time and technical expertise, opportunities for peer mentorship, and national expert consultation to prepare a large grant proposal in support of their research.
Family Research Scholars participate in a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar that includes presentations and discussions of the Scholars’ developing proposals, concrete instruction on the details of successful proposal submission and the resources of the University, individualized methodology consultation, and information about relevant funding agencies. National experts are also chosen and invited to campus to provide individual consultation to each of the scholars on their specific projects and to present a public research lecture as part of the Tay Gavin Erickson lecture series. Selected faculty are also given a one-semester course buyout to provide more time for their research.
What are recent CRF Scholars researching?
- Read more about Dr. Krystal Pollitt's research on air pollution and the wristbands she has engineered to detect personal environmental exposures.
- Read more about Dr. Louis Graham's research on how relationships buffer and contribute to mental distress for those at the intersection of marginalized identities.
- Read more about Dr. Lindiwe Sibeko’s work to bring down infant mortality rates in Springfield.
- Read more about Dr. Laura Vandenberg’s research on endocrine disrupting chemicals.