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Suzanne Bianchi Endowed MPRC Student Research Support Fund

Honors the memory of MPRC's Founding Director

Suzanne speaks at an MPRC research seminarThe Maryland Population Research Center, in collaboration with the family of Suzanne M. Bianchi, the Center's Founding Director, has established a fund to support the kind of population research to which Suzanne made such a rich and meaningful contribution.

Dr. Bianchi was best known for her use of time use surveys to study changing parental and family dynamics. Dr. Bianchi’s work questioned conventional wisdom that mothers’ work outside the home had a detrimental effect on their children. Her research showed that despite working longer hours outside the home, working mothers of the 1990s sacrificed other pursuits and managed to spend roughly the same amount of quality time with their children as stay-at-home mothers in the 1960s.

Suzanne worked for many years at the Census Bureau before joining the Department of Sociology at Maryland in 1994. She served as President of the Population Association of America in 2000, and in 2009 she retired from Maryland and became Dorothy L. Meier Chair in Social Equities at UCLA. She passed on in November 2013.

Contributions to the Suzanne Bianchi Endowed MPRC Student Research Support Fund will support graduate students with research projects in population studies.