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Hanamori Skoblow, MS, a Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri, is one of 110 doctoral students in the U. S. and Canada selected to receive a $20,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter AZ of Columbia, MO.

Hanamori graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Beloit College, and earned her Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Missouri before continuing on to pursue her Ph.D. While at Mizzou, she has received the College of Education and Human Development Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award, the Lawrence Ganong Graduate Student Fellowship, and the Marilyn Coleman Outstanding Human Development and Family Science Graduate Student Scholarship. In 2022, she was selected as a Summer Policy Intern with the Gerontological Society of America.

Hanamori’s research focuses on the biopsychosocial connections that shape aging across the life course. To date, she has primarily examined: (1) the intersections between perceptions of aging, close relationships, and health in older adulthood; and (2) the link between early-life socioeconomic position and later-life cognitive functioning.

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university. Scholar Awards recipients are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.