2021 NCFR Awards

Call for Nominations

Below are all the NCFR awards accepting nominations in 2021. Click each award to learn about the criteria, and the nomination/application process, for each one.

The deadline for most awards is May 1 of the year in which the award will be presented (unless indicated otherwise). Awards with special deadlines include Jessie Bernard Awards (May 15), Outstanding SoTL Paper Award (May 15), Affiliate Councils awards (June 1), Marie F. Peters Award (June 1), and the CFLE Special Recognition Award (Sept. 30). 

Student awards are available to those who are undergraduate or graduate students. New professionals awards are available to anyone within five years of their last degree earned. The term "SNP" refers to "Students and New Professionals."

2021 NCFR Designated Awards Nomination Form

 

NCFR-Sponsored Awards (Designated)

Cindy Winter Scholarship Award— Students and New Professionals (SNP)

Purpose

This biennial award (presented in odd years) recognizes Cindy Winter, NCFR’s conference director from 1964 to 2007. It honors a student or new professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or service in the discipline of Family Science.

Award

The recipient receives a monetary award of $250 to use for travel expenses to attend the NCFR Annual Conference, up to $125 toward NCFR Annual Conference registration, and a plaque. The award is presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Czaplewski Fellowship Award

Purpose

Past presidents of NCFR established this fellowship in administration in honor of Mary Jo Czaplewski, retired executive director. She served as NCFR’s chief executive from 1984 to 1999. The fellowship’s purpose is to provide funding to support the efforts of family scholars who want to obtain and make midcareer moves into academic or nonprofit administration.

Award

The fellowship is awarded only when there is a request for the support, but not more often than once every other year, and then after review of application materials. An award of up to $500 can be given biennially to a qualified applicant.

 

NCFR Student Award (SNP)

Purpose

This award is given to an NCFR graduate student member who has demonstrated excellence as a student and shows high potential for contributing to the discipline of Family Science.

Award

The recipient receives a $500 cash award and a plaque, both of which are presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Affiliate Councils Awards

Affiliate Councils Award for Meritorious Service (Deadline June 1)

Purpose

The Affiliate Councils Meritorious Service Award recognizes the outstanding service of affiliate members within their local, state, and regional councils.

Award

The award recipient receives a plaque, which will be presented at the Affiliate Councils business meeting, held at the NCFR Annual Conference. Up to five Meritorious Service Awards are given each year to deserving candidates chosen from nominees who fulfill the criteria (criteria are the same for university faculty members and community members).

 

Affiliate Grant (Deadline June 1)

Purpose

The Affiliate Grant is designed to support an affiliate’s activities and promote involvement in the affiliate and/or NCFR. Student and state or regional affiliates are invited to apply for a grant of up to $300 to support an activity or project in their community or region. Grant applications will be evaluated on the basis of the grant criteria. Student and state or regional affiliates are evaluated separately, and more than one grant may be awarded. Affiliates may receive this award only once every three years.

Award

The recipient affiliate(s) will receive a grant of up to $300 and will be recognized during the Affiliate Councils business meeting at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

President-for-a-Day Award (SNP) (Deadline June 1)

Purpose

This award recognizes NCFR student or new professionals’ commitment, energy, and innovation in service to NCFR and empowers them to continue evolving their leadership role.

Award

In recognition of dedication, the award recipient receives a $500 conference travel stipend, a President-for-a-Day plaque, and the opportunity to shadow the current NCFR Board of Directors president during one day of the NCFR Annual Conference. The award will be presented during the Affiliate Councils business meeting at the NCFR Annual Conference. The recipient will be notified in advance and the date of shadowing the NCFR board president will be predetermined on the basis of the award recipient’s and president’s schedules.

 

Certified Family Life Educator Program

Certified Family Life Educator Special Recognition Award (Deadline Sept. 1)

Purpose

The intention of the NCFR Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Special Recognition Award is to recognize an individual or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional effort in promoting the CFLE designation or program. These efforts can be demonstrated through committee involvement, development of related publications or materials, advocacy, or marketing and outreach efforts. Nominees can include individuals (academic or practitioner) or teams of CFLE individuals.

Award

The recipient will be presented with an award at the CFLE Reception and recognized in the CFLE Network and via social media and the CFLE discussion group.

 

Section Awards (Designated)

Advancing Family Science Section

Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring

Purpose

The Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring is given in honor of Dr. Felix Berardo, a well-known and beloved professor from the University of Florida who went above and beyond expectations in mentoring many students to become outstanding leaders in the family field. The award recognizes an NCFR member for excellence in mentoring junior colleagues, graduate students, or undergraduates. Outstanding mentoring goes beyond classroom teaching and includes the provision of support, guidance, and opportunities for professional development.

Award

The annual award is recognized with a plaque and a $500 stipend, both of which are presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Education and Enrichment Section

Ernest G. Osborne Award

Purpose

The award is given in memory of Ernest G. Osborne, three-time NCFR president and professor of family at the Teachers College at Columbia University. He excelled in innovative teaching methods. The award, sponsored by the Education and Enrichment (EE) Section, recognizes and encourages the following:

  • Excellence in the teaching of Family Science and distinguished service to families through teaching at any level,
  • Outstanding teachers in the discipline of Family Science, and
  • Individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in the teaching of family relationships.

Award

The recipient receives a $1,000 cash award, up to $500 in travel allowance, and a plaque. The biennial award (odd years) is presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Family Policy Section

Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal for Research in Family Policy

Purpose

The award is presented in memory of Harold Feldman and Margaret Feldman, who were NCFR members and pioneers in the field of family policy. The award recognizes a graduate student or new professional who has demonstrated excellence in research and potential contribution to family policy studies, particularly in the areas of gender and/or women’s issues, or poverty.

Award

The recipient receives a $250 cash award and a plaque. The recipient is expected to present a brief report on the project and related findings at the following year’s NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Family Therapy Section Award

Kathleen Briggs Outstanding Mentor Award

Purpose

The Kathleen Briggs Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes an outstanding mentor of students and new professionals in the area of marriage and family therapy. It is given in honor of Kathleen Briggs, a longtime Family Therapy (FT) Section member and leader. She was committed to mentoring marriage and family therapy graduate students and new professionals. Dr. Briggs was well known and respected for her leadership, insight, optimism, enthusiasm, and mentoring.

Award

Recognition, a plaque, and a $200 award are presented biennially (odd years) at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Feminism and Family Studies Section

Jessie Bernard Outstanding Research Proposal From a Feminist Perspective (SNP) — Deadline May 15

Purpose

This award is presented in memory of Jessie Bernard, a former member of the NCFR Board of Directors and a pioneer in the field of feminist family studies. Dr. Bernard declared herself a feminist in 1970 and is known for her celebrated description of “his” and “her” marriages. She was a board member of the American Sociological Association, the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and NCFR. The award recognizes a graduate student or new professional who has demonstrated excellence in research and potential contribution to feminist scholarship.

Award

The recipient receives a $750 cash award to fund feminist research, up to $350 in travel allowance, up to $95 toward the NCFR Annual Conference registration to accept the award, and a plaque. A summary of the recipient’s research results will be published in the Feminism and Family Studies (FF) Section newsletter, and recipients are expected to present a report of their project and findings at the next NCFR Annual Conference. The award is presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Jessie Bernard Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award (SNP) — Deadline May 15

Purpose

This award is presented in memory of Jessie Bernard, a former member of the NCFR Board of Directors and a pioneer in the field of feminist family studies. Dr. Bernard declared herself a feminist in 1970 and is known for her celebrated description of “his” and “her” marriages. She was a board member of the American Sociological Association, the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and NCFR. This award recognizes a graduate student or new professional who has published or is about to publish a paper using feminist frameworks and methodologies in research.

Award

The award recipient receives a gift of complimentary books, up to $350 in travel allowance, up to $95 toward the NCFR Annual Conference registration to accept the award, and a plaque. A summary of the recipient’s research results is published in the FF Section newsletter. The award is presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Families Section

Marie F. Peters Award (Deadline June 1)

Purpose

The Marie E. Peters Award was established in 1983 to recognize distinguished scholars, researchers, and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the area of ethnic minority families. It is presented in memory of Marie E. Peters, who was a distinguished scholar, researcher, practitioner, and mentor, as well as an illustrious member of NCFR, a member of the Board of Directors, and the Racial and Ethnic Diversity in families Section leader.

Award

Presented biennially (odd years), a $500 cash award and a plaque are given at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference. The Marie Peters Address is given during the annual conference in the year the award is presented.

 

Research and Theory Section

Reuben Hill Award

Purpose

The award is given in memory of Reuben Hill, Ph.D., who had a distinguished career as a university professor and pioneered the scholarly study of family. Dr. Hill is remembered for his determination to promote high-quality research and to advance theory about families with the intent of producing practical benefits for families. The award is presented to the author(s) of the best research article for the year prior to the award. It is given in recognition of an outstanding article, book, or monograph that combines theory and methodology in the analysis and interpretation of a significant family issue.

Award

A plaque is given to the authors of the award-winning contribution. Also, a cash award of $1,000 and a $750 travel allowance is divided equally if there is more than one author. The award is presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.

 

Additional Section Awards

NCFR sections and focus groups offer additional awards (nondesignated).

Advancing Family Science Section

Education and Enrichment Section

Families and Health Section

Family Policy Section

Family Therapy Section

Feminism and Family Studies Section

International Section

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Families Section

Religion, Spirituality, and Family Section

Research and Theory Section

Focus Group Awards

Family Financial Well-Being Focus Group

Issues in Aging Focus Group

Latino(a) Research Focus Group

Men in Families Focus Group

Military Families and Children Focus Group

Qualitative Family Research Network Focus Group

 

Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC)

Social Justice Award for Contributions to Family Science

 

Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM)

Best Student/Early Career Presentation Award