A Utah State University professor has been named a member of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellowship Program.
Ann Marie Berghout Austin, associate professor of child development, is one of 43 Americans selected for the program, designed to increase an individuals skills and insights into areas other than their fields of study.Over the next three years, Austin will participate in educational seminars, structured to strengthen her leadership skills, throughout the entire United States and in Latin America.
She will receive a three-year-grant of $35,000 to fund her studies and the Foundation will also support 12.5 percent of her salary, up to $24,000, so she can take release time to participate in the program's activities.
Austin and the other 42 recipients were selected from a field of 797 people who submitted comprehensive applications, detailing their past professional and personal accomplishments and future goals.
Austin currently serves as the president of the Cache Valley Association for the Education of Young Children and is a member of the Education of Young Children, American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.
In 1986, she was appointed to the Utah Board of Education's Early Childhood Textbook Adoption Committee and has developed several new child development laboratories at USU to complement undergraduate classes. She also presented a research project dealing with parental involvement in sibling communication to the Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women in Dublin, Ireland.