Students' Research Receives National Honor—Again

OGDEN, Utah – For the second year in a row, a group of Child and Family Studies students at Weber State University have received national recognition for outstanding research in their field.

The paper "Modernity and the Intergenerational Transmission of Parenting Styles," has been awarded the 2003-2004 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Project by the National Council on Family Relations. The research was conducted and written by five WSU seniors pursuing degrees in Family Studies. The research team includes Eric Burrows, Roy; Julie Davis, Layton; Lori Ellsworth, West Point; Maribeth Mayfield, Bountiful; and Debbie Rogers, South Ogden.

"The students did an exceptional job in all phases of their project," says the students' advisor, Paul Schvaneveldt, assistant professor of Child and Family Studies. "I think their project would be regarded as graduate level work."

According to Schvaneveldt, the paper was judged on the following criteria: A significant contribution to the academic field, a clear and detailed literature review, a clear theoretical perspective, sound research methodologies, appropriate statistical analyses and interpretation of results, and a quality discussion of results and implications for future research.

Schvaneveldt credits the students' dedication to the research process as a key component to their success.

"It was an exemplary model of a collaborative group project," says Schvaneveldt. "Quite often students will resist doing research because they find it boring or tedious or irrelevant. In this case, the students were enthusiastic and willing to put forth the extra effort on their project."

The award was formally presented to the students during a national conference held in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 16-20.

Paul L. Schvaneveldt, Ph.D., assistant professor Child & Family Studies

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