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Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards

Each year, faculty have the opportunity to nominating graduating seniors for the HDFS Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. The award recognizes students who go above-and-beyond expectations by demonstrating excellence in the major as well as being a good citizen and positive representative of the HDFS department. 

Congratulations to Mackenzie Weinberger and Christina Gillingham, recipients of the HDFS Outstanding Undergraduate Award for 2021-2022! Both of these individuals demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, departmental and university citizenship, and community service.

Mackenzie graduated in December, 2021 with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. She is currently a physical therapy aide at Sanford Health. She volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and in mulitple inpatient and outpatient rehab settings. Mackenzie plans to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee for occupational therapy.

Christina will graduate in May, 2022 with a concentration in Social Work. Dr. Melissa O'Connor says that Christina is an "outstanding representative of the HDFS program. She is active on campus in the Native American Student Association where she serves as vice president." Christina is currently interning as a child welfare intern at Buffalo Bridges Human Service in Jamestown. O'Connor added that Christina is an "intelligent, critical thinker and that she is committed to improving the lives of others and advocating for social justice."

Honorable Mention

These students were also nominated 

  • Anna Charboneau
  • Rita Nimpaye
  • Rachel Bolar


Carlson Presents Poster at AERA

Shawn Carlson, Developmental Science student and Dr. Joel Hektner presented a paper titled “Using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System in a Statewide Evaluation of 21st CCLC Afterschool Programs” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego. Vimbayi Chinopfukutwa, recent DS alum, was also a co-author.

Student Research Day and the Red River Psychology Conference
Ballard Presents Poster

Paige Ballard, HDFS senior with a concentration in elementary education, presented her poster on Teachers and LGBQ Parents in the Classroom: Implications for an Inclusive Environment.

More than 130 students from disciplines across campus came together in the Memorial Union recently to present their research and creative work at Student Research Day. Student Research Day is a collaborative event that combines the annual programs of NDSU EXPLORE, the Graduate Student Council, and Gamma Sigma Delta.

The event included presentations and poster sessions, learning about the incredible work our students are doing, and to celebrate the student participants and award winners at the afternoon reception.

Recruitment at Conference

Developmental Science graduate students recently attended the Red River Psychology conference to provide information for the program. 

Melisa Hajdar, Emily Kinkade and Jordan Bentz

Social Work Students
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