Meet Our 2021 Small Grant Program Award Winners!

The MAST Center is pleased to announce the winners of our 2021 Small Grant Program for emerging scholars in fields related to healthy marriage and relationship education (e.g., human development, family science, sociology, demography, psychology, program evaluation). The awardees receive a financial stipend of up to $750 toward professional development activities including conference registration costs, secondary data licenses, research-related training opportunities, journal publishing fees, professional conference travel fees, and more. Awardees will also have the opportunity attend a virtual networking event with MAST Center scholars.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

2021 MAST Center Small Grant Program Award Winners

Briana (Lanier) Daniels is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the experiences of Black romantic couples and the social, cultural, and historical factors that affect their relationship development and the quality of their romantic partnerships.


Christine Hargrove is a graduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her research focuses on couples and families with ADHD and related conditions, and the translational science that will address the additional considerations these types of conditions bring into the relational and financial health and stability of family systems.


Matt Ogan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri. His research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of romantic relationship instability, with particular attention given to the role of stress.



Yifan Shen is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. His research focuses on contemporary changes in family formation patterns and their consequences for income inequality.



Tom Su is a Ph.D. student in the Marriage & Family Therapy program at Florida State University. Their research focuses on measurement of one’s ability to learn and apply cultural knowledge in an intimate relationship.



Nicole K. Watkins is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Wesleyan University. Their research focuses on romantic relationships during emerging adulthood and the impact of family structure on adolescents and emerging adults.



Emma Willis-Grossmann is a graduate student in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas Tech University. Her research examines how premarital pregnancy affects couple relationships.



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