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Student Research

The Student Research Awards & Graduate Student Grant Writing Program


CRF recognizes the importance of supporting family researchers at all stages of their careers. We are proud to recognize outstanding student research in the many fields that encompass family studies. Award recipients are provided funding, mentorship and the opportunity to participate in a bi-weekly seminar modeled after our Family Research Scholars Program. Student Research Awards provide funding for undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with faculty mentors on family research and travel to conference investigating and exploring current issues families face. The Graduate Grant Writing Program developed by CRF is designed to facilitate and support graduate students conducting family research in the development of successful graduate fellowship applications. Students are given the opportunity to 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 Student Research Awards & Graduate Grant Writing Program use the links on the top left.