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HDFS Award Recipients 2023-2024


  • Research Award: Ryan Watson
  • Service Award: Beth Russell

Graduate Student:

  • Best Conference Presentation: Yuanyuan Zhang
  • Best Published Paper: Caroline "Cali" Salafia

Undergraduate Student:

  • Outstanding Senior in Service to HDFS: Jayde Lopez
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Involvement in HDFS Research: Ruth Salazar
  • Outstanding Senior in HDFS: Ruth Salazar

Class of 2024 PhD graduates:

Emily Fritzson, Veronica Hanna, Abagail Horton, Alexandria "Lexi" Tomkunas

(see all Master of Arts & PhD graduates)

External Awards 2024:

  • Kari Adamsons, the recipient of the 2023-2024 Alumni Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Teaching! The Alumni Faculty Excellence Awards are among the highest honors bestowed by the University of Connecticut. Recipients must have a distinguished record of sustained excellence and must have been part of the UConn faculty for at least 10 years.
  • Annamaria Csizmadia, the recipient of the 2023-2024 Alumni Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching! The Alumni Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards are designed to honor those who not only deliver exemplary instruction but also foster an engaging and transformative learning environment.

June 2024 Spotlights



Na Zhang

Na Zhang



Lexi Tomkunas

Alexandria Tomkunas



Mamta Saxena

Mamta Saxena (PhD '13)