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Graduate Student Awards

C. Eugene Walker Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Award Description:

The C. Eugene Walker Outstanding Graduate Student Award is an endowment provided by Dr. C. Eugene Walker who received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Purdue University in January of 1965. Graduate students who receive this award have their names placed on the C. Eugene Walker Award plaque in the Peirce Hall lounge, receive an individual framed certificate, and receive up to $1,000 in the form of reimbursement for the expenses (travel, lodging, food, etc.) of traveling to present one or more research papers at one or more national or regional conferences.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the award, a student must be either:

  1. a primary author of one or more posters or papers already accepted for presentation at a meeting (or meetings) that will be held during the remainder of the award year, or
  2. a primary author of one or more posters or papers presented since the last Walker Award nomination process, and for which notification of acceptance was not yet available.

Review Process:

The Graduate Committee reviews applicants for the award, placing greatest emphasis on the applicants' accomplishments in research and scholarship. Applications for the award should include:

  • a copy of the material submitted to the conference,
  • a copy of the notification of acceptance of the papers,
  • a current curriculum vitae,
  • a one-page (no longer) nomination statement from the student's faculty advisor. (In particular, the nomination statement should place the research to be presented in the context of the student and/or advisor's previous work).

Application Deadline:

Applications are submitted annually in March. An announcement will be advertised to all graduate students each year providing a specific due date for submissions.

Past Winners:

1999 - Kyungjun Kim
2000 - Karen Lionello
2000 - Timothy Loving
2001 - Ziyi Jiao
2002 - Kim Vu
2003 - Wind Goodfriend
2004 - Paul Etcheverry
2004 - Jennifer Spoor
2005 - Justin Lehmiller
2006 - Silvia Bonnacio
2007 - Nicole Capezza
2008 - Marco Vasconcelos
2009 - Eric Wesselmann
2010 - James Wirth
2011 - Laura VanderDrift
2012 - Phillip Grimaldi
2013 - Jing Chen

2014 - Meaghan Thornton

Graduate Research Publication Award

Award Description:

This award is to recognize excellence in graduate student research and is awarded to two students per year. Submitted papers must appear in a refereed journal, either published in the preceding calendar year or currently in press. A paper may only be submitted for award consideration one time.

  • 1st Prize: $500 (to be split among graduate student co-authors, if any, as determined by the co-authors), name(s) engraved on plaque displayed in the department, and a framed certificate.
  • 2nd Prize: $250 (to be split among graduate student co-authors, if any, as determined by the co-authors), name(s) engraved on plaque displayed in the department, and a framed certificate.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current graduate student in good standing in the department.
  • Student must be sole or first author of the paper.
  • If other graduate students in the department co-author the paper, each will be recognized with the award.
  • Faculty can be co-author(s) on the paper, but cannot be first author.

Review Process:

Papers will be evaluated by members of the Graduate Committee, who represent all areas of the department. Committee members will not participate in the evaluation of any papers submitted by their own students. Papers will be judged on magnitude of contribution to the psychological sciences and on expository style. Applications for the award should include:

  • The paper (if in-press, also include copies of the acceptance letter)
  • A brief statement (maximum 1 page) from the student's major professor in support of the award

Application Deadline:

Applications are submitted each year in January. An announcement will be advertised to all graduate students providing a specific due date for submissions.

Past Winners:

2004 - Matthew Reysen (1st Place)
2004 - Sylvie Mrug (2nd Place)
2005 - Andrea Tracy (1st Place)
2005 - Jennifer Spoor (2nd Place)
2006 - Justin Lehmiller (1st Place)
2006 - Tamra Bireta (2nd Place)
2007 - Motonori Yamaguchi (1st Place)
2007 - Jason Clark (2nd Place)
2008 - Zhansheng Chen (1st Place)
2008 - Scott Kanoski (2nd Place)
2008 - Marco Vasconcelos (2nd Place)
2009 - Angela Moreland Begle (1st Place)
2009 - Rustin Meyer ( 2nd Place)
2010 - Dongbin (Tobin) Cho (1st Place)
2010 - Eric Wesselmann (2nd Place)
2011 - Jessica Biddinger (1st Place)
2011 - Eric Wesselmann (2nd Place)
2012 - Phillip Grimaldi (1st Place)
2012 - David Vachon (2nd Place)
2013 - Joseph Eric T. Taylor (1st Place)
2013 - Matthew P. Kassner (2nd Place)
2014 - Janell R. Blunt (1st Place)

2014 - Jing Chen (2nd Place)

David A. Santogrossi Graduate Instructor Award

Award Description:

This award recognizes excellence in teaching for students working as a graduate instructor (GI) in the department.

Prizes:

$500 and name engraved on plaque displayed permanently in the department.

Eligibility:

Current graduate student in good standing in the department with experience working as a GI.

Review Process:

To be considered for this award, the student should arrange to have the following materials submitted to Nancy O’Brien, Graduate Program Coordinator:

  • A letter of nomination from at least one professor familiar with his or her teaching, along with a copy of student teaching evaluations for the course. A student may submit up to two additional letters of nomination from faculty familiar with his or her teaching and may submit teaching evaluations for more than one course, if he or she has served as a GI on more than one occasion.
  • A 1-page statement of teaching philosophy.
  • A copy of the student’s CV.

Applications will be evaluated by members of the Awards subcommittee of the Graduate Committee. Committee members will not participate in the evaluation of applications submitted by their own students.

Application Deadline:

Applications are submitted each year in January. An announcement will be advertised to all graduate student providing a specific due date for submissions.

Past Winners:

2011 - Meaghan Altman
2012 - Althea Bauernschmidt
2013 - Matthew P. Kassner

2014 - Erica D. Schneid

David A. Santogrossi Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award

Award Description:

This award recognizes excellence for students working as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) in the department.

Prizes:

$500 and name engraved on plaque displayed permanently in the department.

Eligibility:

Current graduate student in good standing in the department with experience working as a GTA.

Review Process:

To be considered for this award, the student should arrange to have the following materials submitted to Nancy O’Brien, Graduate Program Coordinator:

  • A letter of nomination from at least one of the professors for whom he or she has worked as a teaching assistant, along with a copy of the Performance Evaluation(s) completed by that/those faculty member(s). Letters and performance evaluations may be submitted from up to three faculty members in support of a nomination.
  • A 1-page statement of teaching philosophy.
  • A copy of the student’s CV.

Applications will be evaluated by members of the Awards subcommittee of the Graduate Committee. Committee members will not participate in the evaluation of applications submitted by their own students.

Application Deadline:

Applications are submitted each year in January. An announcement will be advertised to all graduate students providing a specific due date for submissions.

Past Winners:

2011 - Dina Krasikova
2012 - Stefanie Plemmons
2013 - Sara Branch

2014 - Amber M. Jarnecke