Undergraduate Student Fellowships

Jacqueline Morris was the Center’s first undergraduate honors thesis student. She was a rising senior, majoring in Psychology and Public Policy, when she passed away in a tragic car accident in her native Arizona in 2000. Her parents established the Jacqueline Anne Morris Memorial Foundation to support undergraduate students who, like their daughter, are “dynamic, bright, ambitious and idealistic.”

The foundation has endowed a fellowship program to support students who are interested in conducting research in an area of child and family policy. Up to six awards are granted each year.  Each selected student receives $500-1,000 to cover research-related expenses.

2016-17 Morris Fellows:


Jenn Acosta Duke University Center for Child and Family PolicyJennifer Acosta, double major: psychology and global cultural studies, Child Policy Research certificate
Honors thesis:  Latina/o Children and the K-12 Public Education System
Mentor:  Antonio Viego, associate professor, literature



 Meredith Davin Duke University Center for Child and Family PolicyMeredith Davin, public policy studies major, Child Policy Research certificate
Honors thesis:  School-Based Community Gardens
Mentor:  Deondra Rose, assistant professor, public policy




edited_ariellekahn-6Arielle Kahn, psychology major, education minor, Child Policy Research certificate
Project:  Reducing the Achievement Gap:  Why Are Self-Affirmation Interventions Effective?
Mentors:  Amy Anderson, instructor, program in education and Christina Grimes, assistant professor of the practice, psychology and neuroscience