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Outstanding Undergraduate Award 2016


Kendyl Anderson
HDFS/Social Work Option


2016 HDE Research Showcase

Student's Choice Award—This award is given by the HDE Graduate Student Advisory CouncilWinner: Maegan Jones, Alison Brennan, Mark Suffolk, Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia and Judith Mergen for their poster entitled “Drive for Muscularity or Drive for Low Body Fat? The Relationship Among Perfectionism, Sexual Satisfaction, and Men's Body Image

People's Choice Award—Attendees at the showcase voted for their favorite poster.Winner: Courage Mudzongo, Brandy Randall and Molly Secor-Turner for their poster entitled: Sexual and Reproductive Health Knowledge and Behaviors of At-Risk Adolescents"

Research Showcase Poster Awards—These awards are based on posters reviewed by the College Research Committee.
Undergraduate Winner:  Amy Hoepfner, Becky Smoyer, and Caitlin Wock for their poster entitled “Interior Design for Restoration: A Sustainable and Natural Perspective"
Graduate Winner:  Ramona Danielson, Mary Kay Kinney, Deiaiah Muccatira for their poster entitled “Adverse Childhood and Family Experiences Among American Indian and Alaska Native Children in North Dakota:  Analysis of 2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health Data” 

2015 National Council on Family Relations Award

Congratulations to 2015 National Council on Family Relations Award Recipient Emily Corturillo, who won the Outstanding Student Paper Award for the Family Therapy Section for her paper “CFT Faculty Members’ Prevalence and Type of LGB Affirmative Therapy Training.” The paper is based on Emily’s thesis which she successfully defended earlier this semester under the mentorship of Dr. Christi McGeorge. Emily will present her research paper on Thursday, November 12th and be recognized at the Family Therapy Section meeting on Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Congratulations to Emily for being recognized for her important work!

Graduate Student Awards 2015

Outstanding Assistance to Faculty


Sara Raap
Couple and Family Therapy Masters Program

Outstanding Master's Thesis or Paper


Josh Boe 
Couple and Family Therapy Masters Program
     (Graduated December 2015)


Three Minute Thesis Competition

Twenty-five NDSU graduate researchers gained skills for clear, concise communication in the NDSU Graduate School’s first Three Minute Thesis Competition. NDSU grad student distills years of work into three minutes.

DS Graduate Students Compete in Competition
Courage MunzongoMaegan JonesZhen Yang

Advanced nursing practice student wins NDSU’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis Competition 
Published February 5, 2015  

For complete article link to NDSU News

NDSU grad student distills years of work into three minutes
FARGO – So the challenge for the 27 North Dakota State University graduate students who participated in the Three Minute Thesis Competition at the Memorial Union on campus Wednesday was to see who could make the importance of their complicated research interesting and understandable.

For complete article link to Inforum



Congratulations Alison Brennan

Doctoral student in Developmental Science, who was selected to attend "Making our CASE: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering” in Washington, DC.: 

A coalition of scientific and engineering societies, universities, advocacy organizations, and academic organizations has created an exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. The Making our CASE program is open to universities or professional scientific or engineering societies that would like to provide an opportunity for their graduate students to come to Washington, DC, and learn about science policy. Students who are selected by their institution to participate in the workshop will spend a few days learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.

Doctoral Students

Graduate students share research on health aging

Published January 16, 2015

Developmental science students Courage Mudzongo, Meagan Jones and Zhen Yang, and communications student Whitney Anderson used their knowledge of the Theory of Successful Aging to design the program.

Heather Fuller-Iglesias, assistant professor of human development and family science, said the program was important because it contradicts the more passive prevailing model that focuses on treating illnesses later in life. The students highlighted research that promotes active ways to live a happy, healthy life.

To read complete article

 Doctoral student studies effects of clean water in remote Kenya 

Published 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.

To read the complete article.

 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.

To read complete article

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