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Class of 2024 Human Development and Family Science Awards

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Emily Shuman, shown here at the Senior Capstone poster presentation, was named an undergraduate Falk College Marshal for HDFS and received the department’s Shannon Davis Memorial Award for her role as a Syracuse University Remembrance Scholar.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) is pleased to recognize the outstanding work of its graduating students:

All-University Doctoral Prize

Awarded annually to doctoral students in each of Syracuse University’s 11 schools and colleges who have demonstrated originality, contribution to the field, creativity, methodology, soundness, and quality of writing in their dissertation.

Recipient: Aysha Mabin, Ph.D.

Aysha’s dissertation is titled, “Black Teens Experiences of Victimization in Dating Relationships: Assessment of Risk and Protective Factors and Outcomes,” which was based on data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS) collected by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

Graduate Department Marshal

Selection of our Graduate School Marshal is based on a review of nominees’ research and other academic accomplishments, as well consideration of the student’s past service to the department and Syracuse University.

Recipient: Aysha Mabin, Ph.D.

Aysha has a strong academic record, is a competent teacher and researcher, and is actively involved in various professional organizations.

Undergraduate Department Marshal

Falk College Department Marshals are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. They lead the students from their department in the Falk College Convocation and carry the department flag.

Recipient: Emily J. Shuman

Emily was selected to be the Department Marshal because of her excellence in the classroom and because of extent to which she represents the positive values of the HDFS department. She is an excellent scholar, an enthusiastic supporter of the department and college, and has actively engaged in supporting health contexts regionally as well as abroad. On the research side, Emily is working with two different faculty members on research projects on topics such as examining the discrepancies in pediatric pain management and identifying gaps in maternal mental health screenings.

Emily supports the department through all that she does–she is a cheerful and effective promoter of the department and as such was selected to be a Lead Ambassador for Falk College. She has extensive experience in different health contexts, including serving as a Medical Brigades Volunteer in Honduras and Panama; volunteering for several summers at Double H Ranch, a summer camp for children with life-threatening illnesses; and serving as an EMT for much of her time at Syracuse. She will spend the next year traveling and volunteering at different locations throughout the globe with an eye towards starting medical school the following year.

Bernice M. Wright Memorial Award

This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate student in Human Development and Family Science in memory of Bernice M. Wright, former Dean of the College for Human Development (1964-1973). The award criteria include GPA, co-curricular experiences related to the HDFS field, campus involvement, awards/recognitions received while at Syracuse University, research/scholarship activity, and leadership experience.

Recipient: Nathalia Michelle Kobrosky

Nathalia is a senior HDFS student with a minor in public communication. While she has clearly demonstrated excellent academic performance in the classroom, she has also demonstrated impressive work integrating research and service in several health settings, including international health settings. At Syracuse, she has been a Falk Ambassador and was an intern at the Bernice M. Wright School.

She has also applied herself to working in applied medical settings. She has had several important applied research experiences, notably serving as a psychology research intern at Teachers College this past summer and is currently working as a clinical research assistant at Upstate Medical University Hospital. She has a truly distinctive and impressive commitment to engaging with, and supporting, international communities. In addition to studying through SU Abroad in London, where she volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, she participated in the Medical Brigade in Honduras and spent several summers supporting Ukrainian families living in Poland. She plans to be a physician assistant.

Samantha stands next to a research poster
Samantha Stahlbrodt, who received the Elizabeth Manwell Memorial Award, spent her Senior Capstone internship at InterFaith Works of Central New York and assisted refugee resettlement clients in low-income neighborhoods with their housing and security needs.

Elizabeth Manwell Memorial Award

This award is given to the outstanding senior student in Human Development and Family Science with the highest academic average in the major.

Recipient: Samantha Anne Stahlbrodt

Samantha has an excellent GPA, attesting to her excellent work in the classroom. Samantha also demonstrates her commitment to working hard outside of the classroom in preparation for a desired career in child life. It is clear that she is passionate and committed to this area. She has worked extensively in a number of different Child Life departments across prominent children’s hospitals, and completed two intensive child life practicums at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse and Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester.

Jacqueline stands next to a research poster
Jacqueline Autorino received the Selleck Award as the senior HDFS student with the highest cumulative GPA. Her Senior Capstone internship with the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center was summarized in her poster, “The Role of Art in Promoting Healing.”

Selleck Award

This award is given to the senior student in Human Development and Family Science with the highest cumulative GPA.

Recipient: Jacqueline Grace Autorino

Jacqueline is also a minor in public health. As evidenced by her high GPA, she has done excellent work in the classroom, including her internship. She has a particular interest in supporting women’s mental health and has worked in a variety of contexts, including here and abroad in London, to actively help support women’s mental health. For the past school year, she has worked on her internship for the MacMahon Ryan Advocacy Center. She combines her interest in women’s mental health and children’s well-being with an interest in more business-related fields as well. Last summer, she worked on the corporate side at an internship at Apple Bank in New York City and will be begin working at Dow Jones this summer in their HR department.

Shannon Davis Memorial Award

This award is presented to an undergraduate senior student in Human Development and Family Science with a demonstrated interest in child development whose academic, aesthetic, and professional interests most closely embodies that of Shannon Davis, a student who died in the crash of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The award criteria include GPA, co-curricular experiences related to child and family development, articulated career goals in the field of early childhood education or related setting, and career interest in providing services for young children.

Recipient: Emily J. Shuman

Emily has a wide array of excellent co-curricular experiences in the health field, but in the context of this award it is particularly important to note Emily’s recognition as a Remembrance Scholar, which is one of the university’s top honors. Per their description, “Remembrance Scholars reflect the talent and promise of those students whose memories they honor and represent Syracuse University at its best through their academic achievements, leadership skills, and contributions to the University.” The Remembrance Scholars help plan the remembrance ceremonies at the University level. Through that work she has been able to connect with Shannon Davis’ family and provide an important link from the family to the department to help keep the memory of Shannon Davis alive. It is therefore particularly fitting that Emily receive this award.