The Pennsylvania State University Receives Grant for Population Research

May 8, 2009

Washington, DC—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson today announced the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a grant to the Pennsylvania State University Population Research Institute and Graduate Program in Demography that will enable them to train pre- and post-doctoral students.

The grant for $208,817 per year through 2014, goes to a program directed by Gordon F. De Jong, professor of sociology and demography.  Professor De Jong said, “Training family demography researchers, who develop new scientific knowledge, is relevant to public health because families are so important for the health and development of children and the wellbeing of adults.” 

Because of dramatic changes in family forms and family stability over the last several decades in this country, De Jong says it is critical to train the next generation of family demography researchers with new interdisciplinary knowledge and scientific research skills.
The grant comes from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

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