Nashman Prize Winners Announced

The Nashman Prize is awarded annually at GW Research Days to recognize outstanding Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR is conducted on significant social issues, in collaboration with local residents, to provide potential solutions and contribute to long-term, sustainable change in the community.

At GW Research Days this year, twenty-six students from a wide variety of majors submitted their research to be considered for the Nashman Prize. The top prize was awarded to Sara Policastro, an undergraduate student in the Human Services and Social Justice program for her study, Market Manager Relationships Around Financial Incentive Programs at D.C. Farmers Markets.  The second place prize was awarded to Charleene Smith, also an undergraduate in the Human Services and Social Justice program, for her study, Black Reproductive Freedom: Contraceptive Counseling.

The judges were very pleased with the quality of the research studies for this special category and look forward to even more undergraduate research projects aimed at engaging with the community to conduct research that leads to concrete action.

Many thanks to the Nashman Faculty who served as poster presentation judges. Please contact Wendy Wagner ( if you are interested in learning more about CBPR - for your own work or in support of the student researchers you advise.