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New Britain students wins Gant scholarship (Released: 6/9/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Julia McQuillan of NEW BRITAIN, a doctoral candidate in sociology, is one of two graduate winners of the 1996 Edward Victor Gant Scholarships for continuing study at the University of Connecticut.

McQuillan, who hopes to graduate in May 1998, is writing a doctoral dissertation on perceptions of equity in the household division of labor of two-earner married couples. She has published four articles and written two more for publication.

"She is an exceptionally productive researcher already who shows great promise for an outstanding career as a scholar and teacher," says Myra Marx Ferree, a professor of sociology and women's studies. "I predict she will be one of the leading new scholars in the sociology of gender and family in the coming decade."

While a graduate student, McQuillan has worked as a consultant for a study of pay equity at the UConn Health Center and served as project manager for a National Science Foundation-sponsored international study of media coverage of abortion issues. As a teaching assistant for graduate statistics seminars, she earned recognition among students and faculty for her ability to clearly explain complex issues and for helping students to see quantitative methods as fun.

The Gant Scholarships, named for Edward V. Gant, a former provost and professor of civil engineering, are open to both undergraduates and graduate students from all the schools and colleges of the University. They are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, professional potential, dedicated service and personal integrity.