Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) - George Mason University

Meet Our HDFS Students

Student Awards: Outstanding Graduate, Human Development and Family Science Program

Mason Human Development and Family Science program looks at how people grow and form relationships throughout their lives. Led by faculty members from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the College of Education and Human Development, students explore the dynamics and relationships between people, families, communities, and society.

Year Student Awardees
2019-2020Katherine Leon
2018-2019Jasmine Gutierrez
2017-2018Antania Henderson
2016-2017Leanna Moron
2015-2016Kia Jackson

Our HDFS Students


Helping Others

February 11, 2021

Internship helps alumna Katherine Leon land full-time job with National Alliance on Mental Illness. Read more...

Leaving an Impact

December 18, 2020

Human development and family science senior devotes her time to working with children impacted by cancer. Read more...

Focusing on Families in Need

December 17, 2020

Andersen Guske has dedicated his time at George Mason University to learning about human dynamics and helping children and families. Read more...


December 19, 2018

Ready to embark on her next adventure: “I’m overjoyed,” she said of earning her bachelor’s degree at Mason after two years at Northern Virginia Community College. Read more...

Life happens, and then you graduate

December 20, 2017

In those quiet moments when Doris Weaver takes a break from her busy schedule and considers what she has accomplished, there is, she admits, a sense of disbelief. “I’m still in shock,” she said. Read more...

Students Give Voice to a Community in Need

October 17, 2017

Christina Cherry calls herself an emotional person. So when she heard stories of hardship told to her by African American residents of low-income housing projects in Alexandria, Virginia, the George Mason University senior took them to heart. Read more...

Mason senior completes Journey of Hope for disability awareness

September 14, 2017

This summer, Luke Miller found himself far from his home in Hampton, Va., and on a 4,330 -mile journey across the United States. Miller was traveling the country with a goal of raising awareness about people with Down syndrome, like his sister, Mary, and those with other disabilities. Read more...

Mason senior forging a path through research

December 20, 2016

Leanna Moron figures she’ll be an epidemiologist or statistician after she graduates from George Mason University this month. Reinforcing that path is her independent research examining the lives of Northern Virginia’s undocumented Latino immigrant families. Read more...

New program produces ‘an extraordinary first graduate’

July 6, 2016

When students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in human development and family science were called to the stage at the College of Education and Human Development’s convocation ceremony, only one student rose to her feet. Read more...