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.

2019-20 Morris Fellows:

Victoria BevardVictoria Bevard, philosophy major, economics minor, Child Policy Research certificate
Project: Effects of the Family Connects nurse visitation program on child and maternal health four years after birth
Mentor: Kenneth Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies, Professor of Psychology &Neuroscience

Milan HamiltonMilan Hamilton, psychology major, education minor, Child Policy Research certificate
Project: Social, racial, and economic inequities in the public school system and community efforts to alleviate them
Mentor: Kisha Daniels, Instructor of Education


Anita IzokunAnita Izokun, psychology major, education and political science minors
Project: Comparing black and white mothers’ language usage with their interracial infants
Mentor: Makeba Wilbourn, Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology & Neuroscience

Abby NimitzAbby Nimetz, psychology major
Project: Trajectories of hostile attributions from childhood to adolescence in nine countries
Mentor: Jennifer Lansford, Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy


Nicoly SantosNicoly Santos, psychology major, English minor, Ethics & Society certificate
Project: Awareness of opportunities and academic success among resettled refugee high school students
Mentor: William Tobin, Research Scholar, Kenan Institute for Ethics; Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology