Four HDFS graduate students and four HDFS faculty will be presenting their work at the 2021 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference in November. See all of their presentations here.
Two HDFS/Gerontology undergraduate students are serving as Student Community Connection Ambassadors this semester as part of the UConn uKindness program. Thank you to DeNee Saunders (HDFS major) and Jaelie Jackson (Gerontology minor). Thankful for all that you are doing for the UConn community!
UConn Today featured an article on InCHIP funded COVID-19 studies, referring to several HDFS faculty and students’ research, and specifically describing Professor Keith Bellizzi’s research.
Congratulations to Ellen Pudney, doctoral student, recipient of a Christine N. Witzel Award for research in women’s health.
Congratulations to Rachael Farina, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship recipient.
The following students received HDFS Graduate Student Awards:
Best Published Paper Award: Ellen Pudney. Ellen Pudney is first author of the journal article titled “Distressed or not distressed? A mixed methods examination of reactions to weight stigma and implications for emotional wellbeing and internalized weight bias”, published in 2020 in Social Science & Medicine.
Best Conference Presentation Award: Hilal Kuscul. Hilal Kuscul is recognized for her sole-authored poster on “Masculinity and fatherhood: Is there an association?”, presented in 2019 at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Rachael Farina. Rachael Farina has excelled as a TA for HDFS 1060 (Close Relationships Across the Lifespan) and HDFS 2001 (Diversity Issues in HDFS). Reflecting her teaching philosophy goals of passion and flexibility, faculty and student recommenders described her dynamism and approachability.
Outstanding Instructor Award: Sumbleen Ali. Sumbleen Ali served as the instructor of record for HDFS 1060 (Close Relationships Across the Lifespan) across three semesters. A graduate of the College Instruction certificate program, she garnered high evaluations and praise for her patience with and compassion for her students.
In her role as Early Childhood Intern, undergraduate student Annika Anderson wrote an external donor-facing document for the International Rescue Committee that will be used internationally to disseminate the importance of early childhood development in crisis settings.
Congratulations to Deb Tomasino and Yuan Zhang, both HDFS doctoral students, who received 2020 Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust summer fellowships!
Three HDFS students won our undergraduate awards. We are sorry we did not get to celebrate them in person, but hope you will reach out to these students and let them know how amazing they are!
- Outstanding Senior in HDFS: Annika Anderson
- Outstanding Undergraduate Involvement in HDFS Research: Phillipia Pottinger
- Outstanding Service to the Field of HDFS: Taylor Wheeler