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Human Development and Family Science

Student Opportunities

 

At Messiah College, you'll find plenty of ways to participate in leadership roles, network as a young professional, hone your academic skills, and link what you're learning in the classroom with hands-on experience and enrichment opportunities.

 

 

Opportunities for Leadership Roles


MCCFR (Messiah College Council on Family Relations) - MCCFR, a professional student organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations, strives to provide opportunities for family-oriented educational, social, and service-based activities.  By joining together with the common purpose of preparing ourselves to better serve families, MCCFR fosters a sense of identity and enhances professional development among students and faculty interested in family related issues. For more information contact Brittany Kappauf, MCCFR President , or check out the MCCFR webpage.

Men of HDFS - A social group of male students who are majoring or minoring within the Department. This group meets periodically throughout the semester. For more information, contact Paul Johns.

Open Houses & the Diplomat Program - The HDFS Department has 4-6 Diplomats who attend college preview days/open houses and share information about the department with prospective students, helping potential students learn about the department (courses, faculty, career opportunities, etc) and about college life in general in order to help them decide if Messiah College and the HDFS or FCS Education major are right for them. For more information contact Dr. Raeann Hamon .


MCEA (Messiah College Education Association) - A student organization designed to provide opportunities for education majors, including those in Family & Consumer Sciencs Education, to collaborate and grow in professional knowledge. For more information, contact Kim Marks, President of MCEA.

 

 

 

Opportunities for Professional Development

 

Faculty Research Projects and Presentations - Students can work with interested faculty members on their independent research projects. Students often help the faculty member research information, write publications, and/or present at conferences. For a sampling of past student/faculty projects, click here. For more information, take a look at the HDFS faculty pages on our website, and/or talk to any HDFS faculty member.

Conference Attendance - The following conferences are those that family science faculty and students have the opportunity to attend this year. For more information contact Dr. Raeann Hamon , Department Chair, or check out the related websites.

 

Co-Lead Family Life Education (FLE) Programs with Faculty - From time to time faculty will engage in the development and/or delivery of Family Life Education programs. In the past students have assisted with marriage preparation and enrichment programs in local churches and communities, as well as pre-marital programs for engaged or nearly-engaged couples. Plans are in the making for marriage enrichment programs for our alumni and ultimately the broader community. For more information, please contact Dr. Raeann Hamon.

Smith Scholar Intern - The Dr. Robert & Marilyn Smith Scholar Intern Grant allows qualified juniors and seniors to work for a semester or a full year as an apprentice for a faculty member involved in a significant scholarly project. In exceptional cases, a lower division student may be considered. The activities undertaken by a student intern will vary according to the needs of the project, but the time commitment of the intern should not exceed 75 hours per semester. Typically, students earn $450/semester for their efforts. For more information, contact any HDFS Faculty member.

Boyer Scholars - (Information taken from the Boyer Center website) The Boyer Scholars Program recognizes Messiah College seniors based on their exemplary scholarship, leadership, service, and demonstrated potential to make a distinctive contribution to society. The program, which includes educational and celebratory initiatives throughout the academic year, encourages students to examine Boyer's vision and to consider their own service to the larger community. For more information, contact any HDFS Faculty member. Application materials are available on the Boyer Center website.

Faculty Assistant Work Study for the Department - Each semester a limited number of students are assigned as Faculty Assistants and work to help faculty members with tasks such as copying, filing, typing, doing research, drafting documents, and planning events. Typically, positions for the following academic year are determined by March. For more information, contact Tonya Baker, Department Administrative Assistant.

 

Internship and Practica - Most of our students participate in off-campus internships and service opportunities in schools, foster care and adoption agencies, prisons, hospitals, retirement communities, children's homes, correction centers, and other social service agencies. Practical experiences like these give Messiah students an up-close look at the world of work and an edge when it comes to the job market. For more information, see the Internship section on our careers page on-line.

Independent Study
- If there is an area of family science that particularly interests you, you can learn more through independent study. For more information, contact HDFS any faculty member.

Study Abroad - We also encourage our students in the Human Development and Family Science Department to spend at least one enrichment semester at the Philadelphia Campus or studying abroad; these opportunities enhance your educational experience. For more information, check out the Messiah College EpiCenter webpage.

 

 

 

Opportunities for Honors and Awards

 

Departmental Honors Projects - This is an independent research program for students who have a strong academic record for four previous semesters of college study. Overall GPA of 3.5 and departmental approval are required for enrollment. Students in the Messiah College Honors Program can complete their required Honor’s Projects by completing a departmental honors project. Examples of past projects as well as the complete Honors Projects Policy Guidelines are available by clicking here. In the meantime, talk to any HDFS faculty member about your interest in this project.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities – A National Award given annually to recognize outstanding student leaders who enhance the positive image of American youth through their contributions to community and school. Specifically, students are nominated for their scholastic and academic performance, their character and faith, and their leadership, service and reconciliation commitments. All nominations are made by the faculty within the department of the student's major.

Dr. Dorothy J. Gish Women in Leadership Award - A monetary award given to full-time female students at Messiah College who aspire to develop their gifts and advance in leadership roles. For more information, see the Gish Award webpage.

Student Poster Awards (Conferences) - Our students frequently have opportunities to display research or theoretical papers they have prepared in a poster format at various conferences. Typically, independent judges will assess the posters and present monetary awards, certificates and/or ribbons for the top posters. For a specific example see the Student Poster Presentation page of the Building Strong Families Conference website.

HDFS Student Professional Development Endowment Fund
- In 2007, the Department of Human Development & Family Science established the Human Development & Family Science Student Professional Development Endowment Fund. The Department has established the fund for the purpose of providing students with opportunities for professional growth and development. Ideally, small grants from this fund would enable students to attend professional conferences, become student members of their professional organizations, conduct research with faculty, co-present papers with faculty at research meetings, conduct surveys necessary for senior honors projects, and so much more. The possibilities are endless. For more information, see the HDFS Endowment page on our website.

Outstanding Student Awards (Graduating Seniors Only)
- Two separate awards are given each year to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary academic, service, and leadership abilities. The awards are voted on by the HDFS faculty and are presented to the students at the annual HDFS Senior Banquet. For more information about these awards, click here.

 

 

Opportunities for Social & Professional Networking

 

MCCFR (Messiah College Council on Family Relations) - MCCFR, a professional student organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations, strives to provide opportunities for family-oriented educational, social, and service-based activities.  By joining together with the common purpose of preparing ourselves to better serve families, MCCFR fosters a sense of identity and enhances professional development among students and faculty interested in family related issues. For more information contact Brittany Kappauf, MCCFR President, or check out the MCCFR webpage.

Men of HDFS - A social group of male students who are majoring or minoring within the Department. This group meets periodically throughout the semester. For more information, contact Paul Johns.

Department / MCCFR Activities – The department and/or MCCFR host various activities throughout the year that not only further the mission of the department and/or MCCFR, but also provide a wonderful time for socializing with other department majors, minors, and faculty members. Check the department calendar for specific events.

Conference Attendance - The following conferences are those that family science faculty and students have the opportunity to attend this year. For more information contact Dr. Raeann Hamon , Department Chair, or check out the related websites.


Family Science Professionals in the World Panel Discussions
- Each semester our Department presents themed panel presentations and career discussions for alternate chapel credit. Department graduates share about their jobs, how the HDFS Department programs prepared them for this career, and how their faith interfaces with their work. For the specific dates, times, and places, check the department events calendar.

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