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Awards

Award descriptions and eligibility requirements are listed below; required application materials are listed on the application. International students are eligible for all Psychology Department awards for which they meet the other specified criteria.

Questions may be directed to psych.awards@umich.edu.

Year-Round Awards

Year-round awards are available during Fall and Winter terms. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time.

Conference Travel Award

The Conference Travel Award is offered during both Fall and Winter terms in amounts up to $200 to offset costs of transportation, lodging and registration fees to attend and present at a conference taking place anytime from August – May. Students presenting at multiple conferences are allowed to apply more than once, but must fill out separate applications for each conference.

Eligibility: Current Psychology Department majors presenting their research at a major regional (e.g., Midwestern Psychological Association), national (e.g., APA, APS, SRCD), scientific, or professional conference. The presentation can consist of either a paper presented during a panel discussion, asymposium or a poster presentation. The student must be the primary presenter of the research, whether it is as a single or joint author.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. 

Apply for the Conference Travel Award

Annual Awards

Annual awards have one deadline during each academic year. Applications must be submitted electronically before the specified deadline. The links to each award application can be found below.

Anne Rudo Memorial Award

The Anne Rudo Memorial Scholarship is an LSA scholarship for which students majoring or with an academic interest in both psychology and biology are eligible.

The scholarship is given in memory of Anne Rudo. Anne was a senior at the University of Michigan at the time of her death. She was to have received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology and planned to pursue an education in medicine. In addition to her academic achievements, Anne served as a volunteer in the medical field.

Selection of the scholarship recipient is based primarily on financial need, academic potential, academic interest in both psychology and biology, and consideration of past or present community or volunteer work. Application materials should include the following: an electronic application including a statement of purpose (four pages or less) addressing your current involvement in academic and volunteer projects, your interest in psychology, biology, and medicine, your goals and future plans, and your financial need and how you would use the award if selected; two letters of recommendation (it is suggested, but not required, that the first letter be written by a Department of Psychology or Biology faculty member and the second letter be written by someone who has supervised your volunteer work); a proposed budget, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts. All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Committee. 

Eligibility: Students majoring or with an academic interest in both Psychology and Biology; other considerations include financial need, academic potential, and past or present community or volunteer work.

Award Amount: Approximately $2,000

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Apply for the Anne Rudo Memorial Award

Al Cain Honors Award

The Al Cain Honors Award was established in honor of Dr. Albert Cain, the director of the Honors Program in Psychology at the University of Michigan from 1995 to 2002. Any honors student completing or planning to complete an honors thesis in Psychology or Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience (BCN) is eligible for this award. The $250 award is to assist a psychology honors student with the expenses associated with presenting some portion of the honors thesis research at a major regional (e.g., Midwestern Psychological Association) or national (e.g., APA, APS, SRCD) scientific/professional conference. The presentation can consist of either a paper presented during a panel discussion, symposium or a poster presentation. The student must actually be the presenter of the thesis research, whether it is as a single author or as a jointly authored paper.

The award can be used to offset costs for transportation, lodging and registration fees to attend the conference. Students must verify that their honors research has been accepted for presentation before any award funds will be distributed. All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Committee.

Application materials should include the following: an electronic application including a brief summary that addresses the how this award will help facilitate your professional and/or educational goals, describe the research that you will be presenting at the conference and list the conferences that you will be applying to (please note if you have already been accepted); a letter of support from your honors faculty mentor addressing your role in the conference presentation, a proposed budget and a copy of your unofficial transcripts.

Eligibility: Current Psychology Department majors in (or applying to) the Psychology Honors Program, who will be presenting their research at a major regional (e.g., Midwestern Psychological Association), national (e.g., APA, APS, SRCD), scientific, or professional conference. The presentation can consist of either a paper presented during a panel discussion, asymposium or a poster presentation. The student must be the primary presenter of the research, whether it is as a single or joint author.

Award Amount: $250

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Apply for the Al Cain Honors Award

Edward C. Chang Undergraduate Diversity Research Award

The Edward C. Chang Undergraduate Diversity Research Award recognizes an undergraduate Psychology student for development of an outstanding research product. This product could be a publication, poster, thesis, or empirical proposal whose subject is diversity or inclusivity, broadly defined (e.g., culture, race, gender, student-athletes, sexuality), in psychological science.

All undergraduate Psychology and BCN majors are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a copy of their research project and a letter of recommendation from the student’s faculty mentor explaining why the research project exemplifies diversity or inclusivity. All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Committee. The Committee will recognize the undergraduate student who produces the most outstanding research product with a $500 award.

Eligibility: Psychology Department majors working on an outstanding research project whose subject is diversity or inclusivity, broadly defined (e.g., culture, race, gender, student-athletes, sexuality), in psychological science.

Award Amount: $500

Deadline: April 7, 2019

Apply for the Edward C. Chang Undergraduate Diversity Research Award

Martha Muenzer Memorial Award

The Martha Muenzer Memorial Award in Psychology was established by the parents of Martha Muenzer, who died while she was a student in LS&A. The award is given annually to an outstanding junior woman in (or applying to) the Psychology Honors
Program.

Award criteria have not been specified in detail by the sponsor, but include overall academic achievement, breadth and depth of interests, and the extent to which the award might have a beneficial influence on the recipient.

Application materials should include the following: an electronic application including a personal statement (two pages or less covering the applicants skills, interests, aspirations, and any other information considered relevant), a resume, unofficial transcripts, proposed budget, two letters of recommendation (at least one from a Department of Psychology Faculty member is suggested, but not required) and a letter that the applicant (as the award recipient) might write to the Muenzer family (introducing herself and mentioning her activities, honors project and the way in which the award money will be used). All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Committee.

Eligibility: Outstanding junior women in (or applying to) the Psychology Honors Program. Award criteria include overall academic achievement, breadth and depth of interests, and the extent to which the award might have a beneficial influence on the recipient.

Award amount: Approximately $2,000

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Apply for the Martha Muenzer Memorial Award

Schwabauer Excellence in Community Engagement Award

The Schwabauer Excellence in Community Engagement Award was established with support from Rich and Gwen Schwabauer to acknowledge students who have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to improving the lives of others through service learning and community engagement.

One annual prize of $500 is awarded to a senior Psychology or BCN student who has elevated their involvement in the community beyond the scope of their required coursework. Applicants for this award should have plans to pursue a career related to community engagement. The recipient of this award will be recognized during the Department of Psychology’s Commencement Ceremony.

Eligibility: Psychology Department majors graduating in Fall 2017, Winter 2018, or Spring/Summer 2018 who have been or are currently enrolled in a Psychology service learning course, including Project Outreach, Detroit Initiative, and Michigan Mentorship. Students must have demonstrated a commitment to service learning beyond their coursework and may apply via the link below.

Award Amount: $500

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Apply for the Schwabauer Excellence in Community Engagement Award

Tanner Memorial Award

The Tanner Memorial Award is an annual prize consisting of funds to facilitate the recipient’s research project. The award is designated for financial support of a particularly innovative, original, and meritorious research project conducted by an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology or Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN). Students with dual majors or an Individual Program major conducting research with significant emphasis upon psychological sciences are also eligible.

The award was created in memory of Wilson P. "Spike" Tanner. It was established by two of Dr. Tanner's graduate students, Dr. David Green and Dr. John Swets, and other students, friends, and family members. Dr. Tanner was associated with the University of Michigan beginning in 1949 when he entered as a graduate student in psychology. During the 1950s and early 1960s, Dr. Tanner rose to international prominence as a co-author of Signal Detection Theory. He was also known for his interest in social issues and encouragement of young people.

Application materials should include the following: an electronic application including a research proposal that includes a budget and timeline (describe your research project, hypotheses, and how your research is original and meritorious including the specific nature of your participation and the anticipated form of the project report); two letters of recommendation, and a copy of the student’s unofficial transcripts are required. All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Committee. More than one recipient may be chosen.

Eligibility: Current Psychology Department majors who are working on a particularly innovative, original, and meritorious research project. Students with dual majors or in the Individualized Major Program conducting research with significant emphasis upon psychological sciences are also eligible.

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Apply for the Tanner Memorial Award

 

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Disbursement

All awards are processed through the University Financial Aid system and posted to the student account as a cash award.

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