Ruth Hathaway Jewson Award (SNP)

2018 Recipient - Hyanghee Lee, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Toward a Culturally Robust Measure to Assess Marital Relationships


This award is given in even-numbered years in honor of Ruth Hathaway Jewson, NCFR's second executive director. It funds the best dissertation proposal submitted by a doctoral candidate in the field of family science. Dr. Jewson was responsible for expanding what was, early on, a small NCFR membership to more 4,000 members by the time she retired. When Dr. Jewson was in her 60s and working full time at NCFR, she earned her master's degree and went on to complete her doctorate, writing her dissertation on "The Retired Professional Woman." In the 1970s, when she wrote her dissertation, there were very few retired professional women.


The award winner receives a $500 cash award and a plaque, which are presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference. This award is presented biennially (even years). Thank you to the Families and Health Section for administering the award beginning in 2020.


The nominee must be a doctoral student, a current member of NCFR, and have been a member of NCFR for at least six months.

The proposal, which will be used to decide the winner of the award, should include:

  • statement of the research problem;
  • review of the relevant literature;
  • methodology;
  • rationale for the research indicating how the study will contribute to some aspect of family science or family practice;
  • in-text citations of references (a reference list is not required, but if included is part of the 5-page limit); and
  • short abstract (200 words maximum).

Upon completion, the winner is encouraged to submit a paper, based on some aspect of the research, for presentation at an appropriate forum at the next NCFR Annual Conference

Nomination/application process

Applicants must:

  • fill out the application form;
  • submit proposal and supporting materials. Please use 12pt font and 1 inch margins;
  • submit an abbreviated vitae listing publications and other relevant experiences (3 pages maximum) and a statement from his or her advisor confirming: 1) the student has successfully defended the proposal and 2) the student is on track to complete the dissertation the academic year in which the award is given.


May 1: Application deadline. Email materials to Bethany Cox.
July 31: The winner will be notified by this date.

Find the award nomination form here.