Not only was Margaret Lloyd's application to the 2014 Capitol Graduate Research Summit accepted (a highly competitive process), today she competed against eight other KU Lawrence campus graduate students in Topeka and won the award. She received a 500.00 scholarship prize for her work.
For those not familiar with the competition, eight graduate students from KU are selected to present work to state legislators and other members of state government. Using a “Building Communities” framework, Margaret presented on “The Disparate Impact of Alcohol, Methamphetamine and Other Drugs on Family Reunification after Foster Care in Kansas.” Lloyd’s research focuses on how various drugs of abuse differentially impact family reunification after foster care. Her findings indicate that methamphetamine use is a significant barrier to reunification, and that parental drug addiction is associated with substantially longer stays in foster care. These findings suggest that a more robust intervention approach could positively impact reunification.
It is a very competitive process at each step, and an impressive win for both Margaret and the School of Social Welfare. Congratulations also to her mentors, especially her advisor Jody Brook.