AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The National Council on Family Relations has selected Mallory Lucier-Greer, a recent Ph.D. graduate in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences, to receive the council’s 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
This is the second consecutive year a student from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn has been recognized by the NCFR, the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. Graduate student Cassandra Kirkland received the honor in 2011.
The award is issued annually to one graduate student member of NCFR who has demonstrated excellence as a student with high potential for contribution to the discipline of family studies. The organization has more than 3,400 members, representing all 50 states and 35 countries, including 1,400 student members.
“Dr. Lucier-Greer is a leader among her peers,” said her major professor Francesca Adler-Baeder. ”Her extraordinary efforts in research, teaching, outreach and service during her graduate studies clearly indicate the meaningful impact she will have on families throughout her career. We are so pleased to have her work and her potential recognized at the national level with this most prestigious award.”
Lucier-Greer, who is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia, credits her success to her education on the Plains.
“I am so grateful for the mentoring I received at Auburn and the opportunities I had to excel in research and teaching,” she said. ”I hope to use those experiences to continue to study family interactions and resilience as a means to inform community programs, family therapy and social policy.”
As the award recipient, Lucier-Greer will receive a cash award, a complimentary NCFR Annual Conference registration and a plaque, which will be presented at the conference this November in Phoenix, Ariz.
(Written by Amy Weaver.)