Noelle Hurd is a first-year William T. Grant Scholar. As an assistant professor, she currently mentors an ethnically diverse group of six graduate students and 10–15 undergraduate students each semester. She identifies three learning goals related to mentoring. First, she would like to learn ways to effectively train her mentees as her lab grows. Second, she wants to identify better ways to support her mentees in navigating their careers. Finally, she would like to provide more structured and intentional mentoring regarding issues specific to young scholars of color. The award will support her mentee, Aisha Griffith, an African-American postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. Griffith received her doctorate in Human and Community Development in 2014 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked with Reed Larson. Griffith’s research interests focus on the role of trust in youth–adult relationships. She has three goals for this award: 1) to better connect her research interests with issues of inequality; 2) to grow her quantitative skills; and 3) to learn ways to successfully communicate her findings to diverse audiences, including academics, practitioners, policymakers, and the broader public.
Hurd has accumulated promising mentoring experiences as a graduate student and a post-doctoral fellow.