Outstanding Doctoral Student and New Professional Paper/Publication Award

2023 Recipient

Ebony Kiyetta Williams, Ph.D., Louisiana State University  
"Navigating Health and Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Latina Immigrant Mothers in Rural Midwestern Communities" 


This award recognizes outstanding professional achievement with an award to the best student or new professional paper/publication.


The recipient receives a $200 cash award, one year of section membership, and a plaque. The award is presented annually at the Families and Health Section (FH) annual meeting at the NCFR Annual Conference.


The applicant must be either a:

  • a student who is seeking a degree in Family Science, human development, public health, nursing, psychology, sociology, or related field; or
  • a new professional who has graduated in a field of study related to NCFR's mission and worked in the field for less than five years.

The applicant must also be a current member in NCFR and the FH Section. Not a section member yet? Joining is easy! Login to my.ncfr.org and click Join Additional Sections.

Nomination/application process

  • FH Chair-elect sends a notice to all FH Section members each year announcing the opportunity to submit a paper for evaluation for this award; and
  • applicants submit papers in APA formatting to the FH Chair-elect via email attachment (either Microsoft Word or pdf document).
  • Only scholarly papers are considered. Scholarly papers are considered research, professional review, theoretical development or critique, or presentation of new methodology papers.
  • Published papers may be considered. These must be prepared for blind review by the author(s) prior to submission.
  • For submissions in which the student or new professional is a co-author, a statement of the applicant's contribution to the paper provided by at least one co-author must also be provided. This statement should be submitted via separate email from the co-author(s) to the Chair-elect.


June 1: Application deadline. Submit all materials to the FH Chair-elect, Daphne Hernandez.
August 15: The recipient is notified by this date