Center for Families

Award for Excellence in Family Research

The Center for Families fosters a commitment to strengthening the capacity of families to provide a nurturing environment for their members. A reflection of this commitment is our creation of this award to recognize outstanding family research being conducted by Purdue faculty.

The Award for Excellence in Family Research is given to a researcher from Purdue University, along with $500, who was the lead author of published work during the previous calendar year (published in print or in advance online) that represents outstanding family research.

Nominations (including self-nominations) are sought for award consideration. (Researchers who have received the award within the past three years are not eligible.) All nominated articles will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers from the Center for Families including faculty partners and Advisory Council Members.

Published research from any discipline, department or college is eligible for this award, and nominations from a wide variety of disciplines are encouraged. Articles must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, and must be empirical (both qualitative and quantitative methods are welcome, but narrative literature reviews are not eligible).

Nominations should include a cover letter indicating support for a given article as outstanding family research and an electronic copy of the nominated article. Nominations also should include contact information for the nominator and the lead author for the article. Send nominations to Shawn Whiteman at

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