Student and New Professional Best Paper Awards

2022 Recipient (Student)

Fatimah Z. Turner, Ph.D., Montclair State University
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper: Hidden Roles of Black, Female, First-Generation College Students”

2022 Recipient (New Professional)

Chang Su-Russell, Ph.D., CFLE, Illinois State University
“19- Parents’ (Lack of) Discussions on Race and Racism: A Longitudinal Qualitative Investigation”


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 Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Families (REDF) 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 recipient is presented with a $150 cash award and a certificate. Awards are presented at the REDF Section Annual Meeting.


All SNP proposals accepted for conference presentation in the REDF 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 REDF Section.

Nomination/application process

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


July 31: The recipient is notified by this date