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The Fredric M. Jablin Award for Undergraduate Research

Dr. Fredric Jablin, beloved professor and scholar at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, had a passion for research and delighted in working with young scholars to foster this enthusiasm in them. His greatest legacy was the many students he supported and mentored over the years who have gone on to prominence in their fields because they were inspired by his infectious enthusiasm for scholarship.

In his honor, an annual award of $2,000 is given to a rising Jepson senior conducting research in a wide variety of fields under the tutelage of either a professor at the University of Richmond or a qualified mentor elsewhere. The award recipient is recognized and celebrated at Finale, the Jepson School's senior recognition and appreciation ceremony and reception each spring.

Alumna Adrienne Capps, '98, established the fellowship to honor the memory of Jablin, who taught courses in organizational communications and research methodology from 1994-2004.

To Apply:

Submit an application. The application, due in the spring semester of junior year, requires a written proposal as well as a letter of support from the faculty mentor. Students should adhere to the following in writing in their proposal (3 pages maximum), which must be submitted with the application:

Part 1: Aims

As concisely as you can, state the aims of your project. What are the specific questions you seek to answer?

Part 2: Background and Significance

Why do you want to answer this question? What is known and not known in this area of inquiry? (Please provide citations from the relevant literature.) What literature will your project engage? Is there a controversial idea you propose to address or missing information you propose to provide?

Part 3: Project Design and Methods

Describe the design of your project and explain how the methods and design of your project will answer the questions you pose. If your work requires human subjects, do you have approval from the IRB? If your work requires animal subjects, do you have approval from IACUC? If not, please explain what steps you will take to receive the required approval.

Part 4: Literature Cited

Provide a full literature review and bibliography of works cited.

Past Recipients

Academic Year

Student Recipient

Research Topic/Title

Faculty Advisor


Guy Peterson

Environmental policy with a focus on renewable energy sources as an intern for U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., on Capitol Hill during summer 2006.



Garrett Schlein

“Individual and Collective Environmentalism: An Application to Watershed Conservation” during summer 2007

Don Forsyth


Xenia Schneider

“Treating Animals Right: Introducing a New Fairness Approach”

Terry Price



Prasant Dubey

"Understanding Rejection across Ingroups and Outgroups"

Crystal Hoyt


Natasha Levanti

“Rødgrød Med Fløde: The Relationship between Danish Parliamentarians and Danish Citizens Concerning Equality from a Danish Leadership Perspective"

Joanne Ciulla


Julie Yermack

"Tweed and a Bow Tie: What Makes a Professor?"

Don Forsyth


Michelle  Holland

"The Forces of Value: Structure and Content of Self-Reported Values by Civilian and Military Science Students"

Don Forsyth


Emmy Morse 

“The Dark Side of Volunteering: When Helping Might Hurt"

Crystal Hoyt


Amelia Mitrotz

"I'm a Feminist, but Not Online: The Complications of Declaring a Feminist Digital Identity"

Kristin Bezio


Annette Schieffelin   

“The Effect of Implicit Person Theories and Gender on Academic Engagement"

Crystal  Hoyt


Dana Rafferty

“The Role of Growth Mindset on Interracial Interactions on College Campuses”

Crystal Hoyt


Jamie Katz

“Draw Some Awesome: The Effect of Art and Awe on Grief and Giving”

Crystal Hoyt


Eliana Fleischer

“A License to Kill: The Institutional Failure of the Legal System to Hold Police Accountable"

Julian Hayter

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Dr. Kerstin Soderlund
Associate Dean for Student & External Affairs
Room 122, Jepson Hall 
Office: (804) 287-6082
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