Student and New Professional Outstanding Paper Award

2023 Recipient

Cristina Lopez, M.S., University of Nevada, Reno
"How Beliefs Impact Experience and Understanding of Menstruation: An Exploratory Study of the Intersection of Menstruation and Equity"


To recognize outstanding professional achievement, an award is presented for the best student or new professional paper submitted to the NCFR Annual Conference submitted through the Religion, Spirituality, and Family (RSF) Section.


The award includes a $200 cash prize and a plaque. It is presented to the recipient at the Religion, Spirituality, and Family Section annual meeting held at the NCFR Annual Conference.


The nominee should be:

  • a student who is seeking a degree in human development, Family Science, health, psychology, sociology, or related field;
  • a new professional who is a professional graduating in a field of study related to NCFR's mission and working in the field for less than five years; and
  • ready to submit a proposal to the NCFR Annual Conference through the Religion, Spirituality and Family Section.
  • have the highest-rated proposal submitted by an SNP to the RSF section.

Membership in NCFR or the RSF Section is not required.

Nomination/application process

The winner is selected on the basis of the average rating from the peer reviews. The paper with the highest average score is selected as the winner. In cases where multiple papers receive the same score, the members of the RSF Executive committee review each of the top scoring papers and vote on the winner.


July 31: The recipient is notified by this date

Committee Structure 

The winner is identified by the chair. The chair is responsible for all award communication to the award recipient. NCFR staff and budget personnel are responsible for printing and recording the award.