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LSU Social Work Grad Student Named Outstanding Student

03/28/2014 03:35 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU School of Social Work graduate student Sarah Backstrom was chosen as the National Association of Social Workers, or NASW, Louisiana chapter’s Outstanding Master of Social Work, or MSW, Student of the Year.

“This is wonderful news for Sarah, our school and our college,” said Elaine Maccio, who nominated Backstrom for the award. “Sarah was selected from nominations potentially from all over the state, so this really speaks to her caliber as a social work student and future social work professional.”

The award honors a student member who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements. The award highlights accomplishments by the student in formal educational settings. Awardees also receive a $250 cash award.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be recognized by the profession of social work and the National Association of Social Workers with this award,” Backstrom said. ”I feel privileged that I am able to work in this field and to be a part of a profession whose core values so closely align with the values in life that I hold in highest esteem. The faculty and staff of LSU’s School of Social Work have provided an enriching learning environment and have influenced my path in this field in so many ways. I am extremely honored by this award and look forward to my future career in this profession.”

The award will be presented at NASW’s Annual Conference in March 2014. Backstrom, a Baton Rouge native, will graduate in May 2014. She plans to work within various areas in the field of social work, focusing in the area of clinical trauma work. She hopes to actively participate in advocacy and outreach for trauma survivors and other at-risk populations.

The LSU School of Social Work aspires to be a leading graduate school of social work, a vibrant center of intellectual development, a leader in promoting and supporting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work, all within a learning environment that supports best educational practices. The child and family studies undergraduate degree integrates theory, research and practice to focus on child development and family dynamics. Visit the School of Social Work at

The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at

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