Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-09-13

Recent Samford University graduates Jennie Boone and LaBrena Friend won first place in national research competition sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

Their project, "Adolescents' Sexual Attitudes, Knowledge and Behavior and the Effectiveness of Sexual Education Programs," was named the top winner in the undergraduate student research competition.

Boone and Friend will share a $100 cash award. They have been invited to attend an awards breakfast during the NCFR national meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., in November.

The two teamed to prepare the paper as their senior thesis in the family studies program. They worked on the project for about a year and a half, beginning during their junior year.

The NCFR competition was open to students enrolled in family studies programs at colleges throughout the nation.

Boone, of Weaverville, N.C., and Friend, of Huntsville, Ala., both graduated from Samford in May with bachelor's degrees in family studies.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.