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2014  Graduate Student Awards and Research

Alison Brennan, winner of the 2014 Graduate School Research Award in the College of Human Development and Education. Alison has made significant contributions to numerous HDFS research projects over the past two and half years in addition to her thesis and dissertation work. She will receive her $1000 prize at the HD&E Honors Day Brunch on April  15th.


Maegan Jones, 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention. This is a very competitive national fellowship program. Maegan is a first-year student in Developmental Science Doctoral Program.

Courage Mudzongo, winner of the Dr. Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff and James Lebedeff Never Stop Learning Scholarship. One scholarship of $1,610.00 is awarded to a student that is a candidate for the doctorate program in Human Development. Courage is in the Developmental Science Doctoral Program.

Jennifer Wenner was awarded the Grace E. Bayliss Gold Memorial Graduate Scholarship. One scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to an outstanding graduate student majoring in an area of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management; Human Development and Family Science; Dietetics; or Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Jen is in the Developmental Science Doctoral Program.

2013 Graduate Student Awards and Research


Outstanding Student Award 2013

Alison Brennan, PHD Developmental Science

KJ Henschel, Couple and Family Therapy

Outstanding Thesis Award 2013



Katie Christenson, PHD Developmental Science

Doctoral student studies effects of clean water in remote Kenya

Published September 04, 2013


Tara Rava Zolnikov, an NDSU Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellow of developmental science, has witnessed up close how water can bring families closer, enrich a person’s quality of life and bring newfound economic advantages for many in some remote villages in Kenya.

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Doctoral student researches impact of mission trips

Published January 03, 2014

Courage Mudzongo’s life changed on a mission trip.

He traveled to Nicaragua with a Fargo church group to build a school. The experience affected the NDSU doctoral student in developmental science so deeply that he plans to participate in mission trips for the rest of his life. When he was unable to return to Nicaragua this year, he was devastated.

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2014 Undergraduate Student Awards

Human Development and Family Science Undergraduate Student Award 2014


Danielle DeGagne, HDFS 

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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:33:06 PM