May 4, 2017

Jenni Young, a PhD student in the FMSC doctoral program was recognized by the University of Maryland Graduate School for her outstanding contributions as graduate research assistant for 2017. The Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award recognizes the contributions that Graduate Assistants provide to students, faculty, departments, administrative units, and the University as a whole. It conveys the honor of being named among the top 2% of campus Graduate Assistants in a given year.

On his nomination of Jenni for the award, Dr. Kevin Roy highlighted her multiple research tracks, including her 2 year pre-doctoral research fellowship with the National Cancer Institute at NIH and her ongoing FMSC research assistantship with Dr. Norman Epstein. He wrote: “Jenni is an emerging young interdisciplinary scholar who integrates expertise in public health, family science, mental health, and social policy.  She has mastered qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods frameworks, and has shown a strong commitment to social justice in the wide range of her research and her extensive leadership and service roles.   

On receiving the award, Jenni shared: "I am deeply honored to have been selected for the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. In my role as a Graduate Assistant to Dr. Norman Epstein, I have had wonderful opportunities to mentor undergraduate students who are passionate about research and working with diverse families. With my colleagues in FMSC and MCFR I share a wonderful team working to support students and create a successful academic environment. I am also proud to have taken an active role in diversity initiatives on campus by following the lead of our committed faculty and learning from the wisdom of my fellow graduate students. I am very grateful for my UMD family and for this award."