Student and New Professional Best Paper Awards

2018 Recipients

New Professional Best Paper Award
Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, Ph.D., CFLE, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
“Making the Invisible Visible: Low-Income, Latina Mothers and Photo Elicitation Interviewing”

Student Best Paper Award
Denzel L. Jones, Ph.D., LMFT, Kansas State University
“The Impact of Ethnic-Racial Socialization Messages on Black Emerging Adults’ Ethnic-Racial Identity”


The purpose of the Student and New Professional Best Paper Awards is to recognize the most outstanding student and most outstanding new professional conference proposals that were accepted for presentation by the Ethnic Minorities Section. The submissions can be in any form (e.g., paper, poster, workshop) and must show evidence of completed research on a topic that has direct relevance to ethnic minority families.


Each award winner receives a $150 cash award and a certificate. Awards are presented at the EM Section Annual Meeting.


All SNP proposals accepted for conference presentation in the EM Section must clearly relate to ethnic minority families. They are evaluated using the same criteria that NCFR uses to judge conference submissions, including quality writing, clarity of purpose, theoretical framework, appropriate methods, complete results, and thoughtful discussion.

Recipients must be current members of NCFR and the EM Section.

Nomination/application process

All student and new professional proposals accepted for conference presentation by the EM Section are considered for the award.


July 31: The winner is notified by this date