Graduate Opportunities

Family Research Grant

Outstanding graduate students are invited to apply for this research grant. The recipient will engage in a program of scholarly activity, of his or her own design. The work must be supervised by a faculty member, and eligible students should have an approved thesis or dissertation proposal. This $1000 grant will be given based on the quality of the student’s academic accomplishments and the fit of their work with the mission and ongoing work of the Center for Families. This grant is available thanks to the Robert O. And Zelma C. Swaim Memorial Fund.

Justice Family Nutrition Grant

Catherine L. Justice, former Associate Professor in the Department of Food and Nutrition and Founder of the National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics, touched the lives of many dietitians in Indiana and throughout the U.S. as well. Outstanding graduate students in focusing their research on nutrition are invited to apply for this grant. The recipient will engage in a program of scholarly activity, of his or her own design, which is related to the quality of life for children and families, focusing on nutrition, specifically diet or public policy. The work must be supervised by a faculty member, and eligible students should have an approved thesis or dissertation proposal. This $1000 grant will be given based on the quality of the student’s academic accomplishments and the fit of their work with the mission and ongoing work of the Center for Families. This grant is available thanks the Catherine L. Justice Trust.

Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Students who have chosen a field of study that combines one, or multiple academic disciplines with the study of the families are encouraged to apply for this grant. e.g. Child-parent relationships in organized youth sports (Health and Kinesiology and Human Development and Family Studies). The work must be supervised by two faculty members, and eligible students should have an approved thesis or dissertation proposal. The $500 grant will be given based on the quality of the student’s academic accomplishments and the fit of their work with the mission and ongoing work of the Center for Families. This grant is possible due to the generosity of Dr. Travis Dorsch and Dr. Breanna Studenka.

Levien Family Policy Scholarship (Internship – Graduate – 59000 credit)

The Center for Families presents annual Family Impact Seminars to Indiana policy makers. These seminars educate state legislators about the implications for families of policy issues they are considering. Up to two interns, who are in their second year of study, will help to plan and execute the annual meeting of the advisory committees, assist in maintaining relationships among the organizations that collaborate to offer the seminars, publicize the seminars, help to plan and implement the upcoming seminar, and conduct library research on family policy. Along with this internship, recipients will receive the Levien Scholarship, which was created to support students committed to fostering family values and bettering families. The $1000 scholarship will be given based on the quality of the student’s academic accomplishments and the fit of their work with the mission and ongoing work of the Center for Families. This scholarship is available thanks to the Leo and Elva Levien Family Fund for the Center for Families.

Research with Families Internship (Graduate and Undergraduate – 59000 & 39000 credit)

Students who are interested in hands-on experience conducting research with families and/or children are invited to apply for research internships. Several large projects affiliated with the center are in the process of gathering, entering, and analyzing a variety of types of data. It may be possible for student interns to access data from these projects for honors projects, theses, or dissertations. These internships are available in any semester.

The McAllister Fellowship (not available every year)

Outstanding graduate students are invited to apply for this fellowship. Given every three to five years, the recipient will engage in a program of scholarly activity, in collaboration with his or her advisor that is related to the quality of life for children and families. It is anticipated that the fellowship recipient will publish at least one working paper within the Center for Families. The fellowship is a 12-month, half-time position, carrying a stipend commensurate with Purdue University Graduate School Fellowships. The work must be supervised by the student’s advisor, who is responsible for supervising the fellowship recipient and ensuring that necessary reports are submitted.