Feldman Best Conference Proposal Award

2022 Recipient

Ashlyn Neppl, University of Missouri – Columbia
“The Association Between Financial Strain, Job Loss, Mental Health, and Stress on IPV perpetration among LGBTQ+ adults during COVID-19”

Jaz Routon, Ph.D., The University of Vermont
“Minority Capacity Project: Policy Implications for Improving Community Climate and Access to Housing for Rural Sexual and Gender Minority Populations”


The award is presented in memory of Harold Feldman and Margaret Feldman. They were NCFR members and pioneers in the field of family policy. It reflects an effort to increase the number of family policy researchers and practitioners engaged in policy-related activities. The award also serves to further encourage family policy as a career path for students and new professionals.


A cash award totally $250 and certificate is distributed to students or new professionals who have had posters or papers accepted by the Family Policy (FP) Section for the NCFR Annual Conference. The $250 is divided among at least two (one student and one new professional) and no more than five students or new professionals who are presenting papers or posters at the annual NCFR Annual Conference.


Preference is given to applicants who are displaying a genuine career interest in family policy and nearing the completion of their graduate program.

  • be a current member of NCFR and the Family Policy Section; and
  • meet NCFR's definition of student or new professional;
    • if students, be enrolled full-time in an institution of higher learning; or
    • if new professionals, be not more than five years beyond most recent degree; and
  • have a first-authored poster or paper accepted by the FP Section for the NCFR Annual Conference.

Nomination/application process

  • all students and new professionals who are first-authors on a poster or paper accepted by the FP Section for the NCFR Annual Conference and who are members of the FP Section will be considered for a Feldman Best Conference Proposal Award.
  • top ranking abstracts will be reviewed by the FP Section officers, and Best Conference Proposal Awards will be offered to at least two of the highest ranked applications.


May 1: Application deadline. Submit all materials to Maddie Hansen.
July 31: The recipient is notified by this date