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Alexis Duckett, a graduating senior, is the recipient of the first annual J. Steven Reznick Award, a diversity research award.

The purpose of the J. Steven Reznick Award for Diversity Enhancement in Psychological Research is to encourage and honor students who make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge concerning issues that face diverse populations or that are of concern to diverse populations.

Alexis Duckett won for her undergraduate research with racial minority youth since her sophomore year and sought out a summer research internship at Rutgers where she examined racial differences in the mental health benefits of marriage. This year, she completed her honors thesis, working with Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes, on the relation between parental racial socialization, self-esteem, and the academic achievement of African-American adolescents.

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