Friday, September 14, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Kellas and Dr. Breshears on Recent Awards


Kellas Awarded Arts & Sciences Enhancing Research Excellence Grant

Dr. Jody Koenig Kellas was awarded a UNL College of Arts & Sciences Enhancing Research Excellence Grant for Fall 2012.  These grants are designed to assist faculty members in their research, scholarship, and/or creative endeavors to help them start, move forward, or complete a well-defined research project. The program is aligned with the UNL Chancellor’s ambitious goals of increasing research productivity and external funding for research and scholarly activities.  This is the inaugural year of this program and only four awards were made in the College of Arts & Sciences.



Recent Ph.D. graduate wins award and post-doc position

Diana Breshears (Ph.D. 2011) has been awarded a competitive post-doctoral position at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) Department of Educational Psychology.  She will be studying the school experiences of children with lesbian and gay parents and designing materials and/or workshops, based on her findings, to help schools create a more supportive environment for same-sex parented families. Dr. Breshears was also awarded the Sandra Petronio Dissertation Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication. This is the 8th year of the Petronio Award and UNL doctoral graduates have won half of the awards! 

2012 – Diana Breshears (University of Nebraska)
2011 – Elizabeth Munz (Purdue University)
2010 – Naomi Kagawa (University of Minnesota)
2009 – Carla Fisher (Pennsylvania State University)
2008 – Karla Bergen (University of Nebraska)
2007 – Meredith Marko Harrigan (University of Nebraska)
2006 – Rene Dailey (University of California, Santa Barbara)
2005 – Paul Schrodt (University of Nebraska)