Awards in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers several different awards to graduating seniors. The first two awards are selected by the Department of Psychology faculty, whereas the Outstanding Senior award is granted by the college and the travel awards are administered by Psi Chi.

 

Outstanding Student Award in Psychology

The Outstanding Student Award in Psychology acknowledges exceptional academic performance, research, and service or leadership contributions in psychology. The award consists of a $50 award and a plaque for the student, as well as a listing on the Departmental plaque displayed in Cramer Hall. Requirements for nomination are:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least 60 credit hours in residence during the junior and senior years
  • No grades of WA or F on the transcript

Richard F. Nash Memorial Award

The Richard F. Nash Memorial Award is given annually to an undergraduate student for the psychological research paper that best demonstrates the application of statistics. The prize of $100 is accompanied by a certificate awarded to the student, and the awardee’s name engraved on a plaque that is displayed in the Department of Psychology. Students are nominated by the faculty director of their research project. The deadline for nominations and submission of papers is February 28 of each year. Research papers are read by a committee of three faculty members.

Research projects may be PSYC 2050 research papers, PSYC 4956 independent study conference presentations or papers, or papers written for upper-division courses. Students are allowed to revise or rewrite class papers so that they may better qualify for this award. The faculty evaluating submissions will strongly prefer empirical studies for making this award.

Outstanding Senior Award in Arts & Sciences

The Department of Psychology typically nominates one student each year for the Outstanding Senior Award, which is given by the College of Arts & Sciences. The recipient must be a graduating senior whose academic excellence is complemented by demonstrated leadership and service contributions.. Basic requirements for nomination are:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least 60 credit hours in residence during the junior and senior years
  • No grades of WA or F on the transcript

Research Travel Support in Psychology

Research Travel Support can be sought from Psi Chi, which administers and awards travel grants.