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Psychology

Research Awards

Psi Chi annually sponsors national undergraduate and graduate research award competitions. In addition, Psi Chi sponsors regional research awards for members submitting the best research for their region's paper/poster sessions (e.g., SWPA). (Southwestern students have been very successful in the past, so don't hesitate to apply!).

You are encouraged to begin research papers early to submit for presentation at local, state, regional, or national conventions, and also to enter your papers in a Psi Chi competition. Talk to the psi chi advisor or officers for more information, and also to your professors about potential research or class projects that may be suitable for these awards...

Descriptions of the award competitions follow. Further information and submission forms may be obtained from the Psi Chi newsletter and the Psi Chi National Office.

Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon Psychology Awards

The Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon Psychology Awards, sponsored by Allyn & Bacon Publishers, are open to all undergraduate Psi Chi members and are awarded to those who submit the best overall empirical research papers.

The awards are:

  • $500 for first place
  • $300 for second place
  • $200 for third place

In addition, all winners and their faculty research advisors receive award certificates. The abstracts of the winning papers, as well as photographs and brief biographies of the top three winners are published in the Psi Chi newsletter.

The deadline for this award is April 1. (postmark).

Psi Chi/J. P. Guilford Undergraduate Research Awards

All Psi Chi undergraduate members are eligible to submit their research for the Psi Chi/J. P. Guilford Undergraduate Research Awards.

Cash awards are:

  • $500 for first place
  • $300 for second place
  • $200 for third place
  • $100 for honorable mentions (up to five)

This award honors Professor J. P. (Joy Paul) Guilford, one of the earliest and most effective organizers of Psi Chi, whose 50-year career of teaching and writing nurtured excellence among student researchers. The deadline for this award is May 1 (postmark).

Psi Chi/APA Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award

All psychology graduate students are eligible to submit their research for the Psi Chi/APA Edwin B. Newman Graduate Research Award.

The winner receives the following:

  • Travel expenses to attend the APA/ Psi Chi National Convention to receive the award
  • A three-year subscription to an APA journal of the winner's choice
  • Two 12" x 16"engraved plaques, one for the winner and one for the winner's psychology department as a permanent honor to the winner

In addition, the abstract of the winning paper, as well as a photograph and brief biography of the winner, will be published in the Psi Chi newsletter.

This award honors Edwin Broomell Newman, whose activities beginning in 1927 led him to be a cofounder of our Society and to nurture its growth during its formative years. This award is the only student award presented during the APA/APF Awards ceremony at the APA/Psi Chi National Convention in August. The deadline for this award is February 1 (postmark).

Psi Chi Regional Research Awards

All Psi Chi members (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible to submit their research for the Regional Research Awards. Cash awards of $150 each will be presented to students submitting the best research papers to Psi Chi sessions at regional conventions. The awards will be divided among the regions according to the size of each region and the number of submissions for each regional convention. The Psi Chi regional vice presidents each send a Call for Papers and a letter to the Psi Chi chapters in their respective regions during the month of September. These letters include information about the Regional Research Awards, the regional conventions, and submission deadlines for Psi Chi programs.

Deadlines for each region's paper/poster submissions are also listed in the "Psi Chi Conventions" sheet which is included in the fall chapter mailing and in the "Convention Calendar" which is published in the Psi Chi newsletter.

National Chapter and Advisor Awards

Psi Chi/Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award

The Psi Chi/Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award is presented annually to the one chapter that best achieves Psi Chi's purpose: "to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology."

The winning chapter receives:

  • A check for $2,000
  • Travel expenses for one chapter officer to attend the Psi Chi/APA National Convention to receive the award
  • A plaque to display in the winning chapter's department

The award honors former Psi Chi Executive Director Ruth Hubbard Cousins for her 33 years of dedicated service. It is intended to perpetuate the chapters, to identify one chapter as a role model for others, and to promote the purposes of Psi Chi. The deadline for this award is February 1 (postmark).

Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award

The Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award is presented annually to the one Psi Chi faculty advisor who best achieves Psi Chi's purpose, "to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology." This award honors Florence L. Denmark, former president of both Psi Chi and the American Psychological Association, a dedicated teacher and faculty advisor herself who initially endowed this award to recognize excellence among faculty advisors.

The award includes:

  • Travel expenses to attend the Psi Chi/APA National Convention to receive the award
  • A 12" x 16" plaque

The award is intended to recognize Psi Chi faculty advisors for their outstanding service to the chapter and to Psi Chi. All advisors who are nominated and meet the criteria receive a certificate indicating their nomination for the current fiscal year and a letter of commendation. The deadline for this award is December 1 (postmark).

This information taken reprinted from the Psi Chi Chapter Handbook