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Awards and Scholarships, Honors, & Activities

Awards and Scholarships for our Majors

The John M. Hadley Outstanding Senior Award

Due date: Friday, December 11, 2015

Description: The John M. Hadley Outstanding Senior Award is given to a Psychological Sciences or Brain and Behavioral Sciences major who is recognized for demonstrating excellence in academics, extracurricular service activities, and leadership. This honor comes with a cash award, a letter of recognition, and the inscription of the awardee's name on a plaque that hangs in the department.

To apply for this award, you should submit your undergraduate transcript(s), a CV or resume, and a personal statement, along with letters of support from two individuals who can speak to how you meet the criteria for the award. These materials need to be sent to Dr. Susie Swithers, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and received by December 11, 2015. Letters may be sent by email, FAXed to 765-496-6279, or sent by regular mail to Dr. Swithers's attention at Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, 703 Third Street, West Lafyette, IN 47907.

The Fred and Dorine Santogrossi Study Abroad Scholarship

Due date: February 19, 2016

Description: This award is presented to Psychological Sciences or Brain and Behavioral Sciences majors (or pre-majors) to help defray the costs of travel and expenses of the Study Abroad Program. Applications submitted in February 2016 may be used for travel during Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. The criteria for the award are academic excellence and financial need, as well as suitability of experience for meeting the student's educational objectives. Applications should include a copy of your transcript, resume or CV, evidence of financial need, a statement (250 words) of how the experience meets your eductional objectives, and a letter of support from a faculty member or other individual. All materials should be submitted Dr. Susie Swithers, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and received by February 19, 2016. Letters of support may be sent by email, FAXed to 765-496-6279, or sent by regular mail to Dr. Swithers's attention at Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, 703 Third Street, West Lafyette, IN 47907.

The Dr. Steven J. Morris Memorial Scholarship in Psychological Sciences

Due date: February 1, 2016

Designed to honor Dr. Steven J. Morris, the Morris Memorial Scholarship is used to support a continuing student in the Department of Psychological Sciences with demonstrated financial need and a demonstrated interest in a career in the mental health field. Applications for this award should be submitted through the HHS scholarship application process.

Semester Honors Recognition or Dean's List

Students are recognized for exemplary performance during the previous semester (Semester Honors) or during their entire course of study (Dean’s List).

Semester Honors Requirements

  • graduation index of at least 2.
  • enrolled in at least 6 hours that semester
  • semester index of at least 3.5

Dean’s List Requirements

  • graduation index of at least 3.5
  • enrolled in at least 6 hours that semester
  • completed at least 12 credit hours total

PSI CHI - The Psychology National Honor Society

Psychology majors with the required grade point averages (3.3 overall GPA/3.5 Psy GPA) and at least sophomore standing are invited to join Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in Psi Chi is an asset when seeking employment or admission to graduate school. It also satisfies one requirement for entrance into Federal service at the GS-7 level.

In addition, there are a variety of awards available through Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology:

Psi Chi/J.P. Guilford Undergraduate Research Award

Due date: TBA

Description: This is a national competition open to Psi Chi members only. Winners are determined based on the quality of the research paper they submit. Winners receive cash awards of $500 (1st), $300 (2nd), or $200 (3rd) and a certificate. Psi Chi/APA Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology)

Undergraduate Research Award

Due date: TBA

Description: Although sponsored in conjunction with Psi Chi, all undergraduate students involved in conducting research in engineering or other applied experimental psychology areas are eligible to enter this national competition. The winner receives a cash award of $200 and a certificate.

For more information about these awards contact the Psi Chi advisor.

Psychology Club

The Purdue Psychology Club cultivates an interest in psychology among students in all majors, enables students to participate in programs that might aid in educational and career endeavors and provides exposure to professionals in the field. We offer peer tutoring, chances to become involved in research, networking, community volunteer work, sponsor presentations for careers in the field, the opportunity to receive support from other students with similar interests, and then some. We often invite speakers from various areas of psychology to discuss the current research in the field, as well as hold GRE practice sessions. Also, we typically work in conjunction with local community outreach programs such as Mental Health America throughout the course of the semester. Psych Club usually meets every other week; check out their bulletin board on the 3rd floor of PRCE to find out when their next meeting is. There is an annual fee of $10.

Additional Sources of Information

American Psychological Association: www.apa.org
American Psychological Society: www.psychologicalscience.org
Eastern Psychological Association: www.easternpsychological.org
Midwestern Psychological Association: www.midwesternpsych.org
Psi Chi – The Psychology Honorary Society: www.psichi.org
Western Psychological Association: www.westernpsych.org

Boiler Volunteer Network

The Boiler Volunteer Network’s purpose is to provide a volunteer clearinghouse on campus to connect Purdue University students, faculty, staff, and retirees with community service and campus volunteer opportunities and to create and implement a variety of service experiences. The types of volunteer opportunities include:

  • Animals
  • Clerical tasks
  • Crisis/ Counseling
  • Cultural
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Kids
  • Legal matters
  • Mentally / Physically challenged Seniors
  • Shelters
  • Teaching
  • Transportation

For more information, check out their website at www.purdue.edu/odos/sao/bvn/.