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College of Education & Human Development
29th Annual Steele Symposium and Celebration of Excellence

Friday, May 2, 2014
Embassy Suites Newark
654 South College Ave. (Across from the UD Football Stadium)

The College of Education and Human Development held a special day to celebrate our students’ scholarship and achievements.

8:30 am–2:00 pm

Celebration of Excellence
Departmental Awards: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
College-wide reception: 5:00 pm


Steele Symposium

Background of the Steele Symposium | Information for Presenters | Symposium Schedule | Keynote Address

The Steele Symposium is coordinated by the College of Education and Human Development and includes graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Education and from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, as well as the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.  It is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work for classes, research projects or toward their graduate degree. Students may elect to present papers or posters.

Participation in the research symposium is required for Ph.D. in Education students and all other graduate and undergraduate students are warmly welcome to present and/or attend.  In addition, faculty of the departments and CEHD community members are enthusiastically welcome to attend and hear the student presentations.

Keynote Address

The keynote speaker was Dr. Dale Farran, Professor of Education and Psychology and Senior Associate Director of the Peabody Research Institute at Vanderbilt University.


Celebration of Excellence

Steele Symposium AwardsThe CEHD Celebration of Excellence was held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, May 2, 2014.  Each academic unit conducted their awards ceremonies from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, followed by a college-wide reception in the atrium at 5:00 pm. The Celebration of Excellence recognized the College’s exceptional undergraduate and graduate students as well as some of our outstanding faculty.

List of 2014 Award Recipients:

HDFS Celebration of Excellence Program
SOE Celebration of Excellence Program


Background of the Steele Symposium

See our 2014 Steele Symposium wrap-up.

The Marion H. Steele Symposium honors the memory of Marion H. Steele, a 1928 graduate of the University of Delaware.

This symposium, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development and the family of Marion H. Steele, in cooperation with the Delaware Association for Family and Consumer Science, features academic work by both undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of human development, education, consumer and family sciences, family studies, fashion and apparel studies, and nutrition.

At the University of Delaware, the study of home economics has evolved over time, previously residing within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and is now located in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). CEHD is pleased to increase the scope of the symposium by including students’ research from both the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the School of Education.

Ms. Steele dedicated her life to the field of home economics. She spent her 41-year career at the American Home Economics Association (AHEA) and served as longtime editor of the Journal of Home Economics (now The Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences), until her retirement in 1969.

She was a passionate supporter of this field, not only dedicating herself to producing a high-quality academic journal, but also taking an active interest in the development of the AHEA International Scholarship Program. She is credited to paving the way for dozens of students to engage in international study. Her groundbreaking support of international study is especially valued at the University of Delaware as we appreciate the significance that international perspectives provide within our fields of study.

Marion Steele’s legacy at the University of Delaware continues through this symposium, recognizing research that reflects the high standards of scholarly written work to which she dedicated her professional efforts.

We are grateful to the Steele family for their continued support of this symposium.

For more information on the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, visit

Mark your calendar the 30th Annual Steele Symposium on April 24, 2015!

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