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The Department of Psychology, the Department of Psychology and Human Development, and the Graduate Program in Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt present awards to our faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni to recognize their outstanding achievement

Bob Fox Award of Excellence in Post-Doctoral Research

This award, which will be granted to a post-doctoral fellow in our Department who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in research, is named in honor of Robert "Bob" Fox for his essential role in guiding the evolution of Vanderbilt's Psychology Department over a five-decade period starting in the mid-60's. Bob enjoyed a highly productive research career, with publications in major journals and continuous grant funding for decades, and he trained a number of students and post-docs who went on to successful careers themselves. Bob has served as an inspiration to generations of subsequent faculty members. This award not only serves as a humble note of appreciation for Bob's numerous accomplishments, it also acknowledges the critical role that postdoctoral fellows play in the scientific vibrancy of our Department. Post-docs are not only highly skilled, accomplished and dedicated young scientists, they also are reference models for our graduate students and are the first to represent Vanderbilt at the next academic level. The award will be accompanied with a 500$ check and a certificate

This award was established in 2014.

Michael Pratte (2014)

Past Winners:

 

Jum C. Nunnally Dissertation Award

The Jum C. Nunnally Dissertation Award recognizes a recent outstanding doctoral dissertation in the Department of Psychology. The recipient receives a certificate and a $500 award. Jum C. Nunnally came to Vanderbilt in 1960. In 1961, he became the second chair of the department. He served as chair from 1961-1964 and again from 1967-1970. Under Jum’s leadership, the department grew substantially in stature, including significant increases in both the number and quality of the faculty. A memorial fund to support student awards was established in 1982 by his friends and family. Proceeds from this fund were used to establish the Jum C. Nunnally Dissertation Award in 2010.

This award was established in 2010.

Braden Purcell (2013)

Past Winners:

  • Mary Baldwin & Katy Thakkar (2012)
  • Michael Mack (2011)
  • Peiyan Wong and Jennifer Richler (2010)

Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt - Distinguished Alumnus Award

To recognize and honor the distinguished alumni of Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt, we have established the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture. The recipient is a former undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow from the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science or the Department of Psychology and Human Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt who has made major contributions to the psychological sciences. The recipient will receive a $500 honorarium and will be invited to give the Distinguish Alumnus Lecture.

Steve Manuck (2013)

Past Winners:

  • Mriganka Sur (2012) 
  • Leah Krubitzer (2010)
  • Bob Levenson (2009)
  • Nicki Crick (2008)
  • Randolph Blake (2007)

The Randolph Blake Early Career Award

The program in Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt establishes The Randolph Blake Early Career Award to recognize exemplary alumni of our program in the early stages of their career. The recipient receives a plaque, a $500 award, and an invitation to give a research colloquium at Vanderbilt. This award honors Randolph Blake as a distinguished Vanderbilt alumnus, as an outstanding researcher and mentor, and as a former chair of the Department of Psychology who served in that role during some of the most important years of its growth.

Frederick Verbruggen (2014)

Past Winners:

  • Xiangmin Xu (2013)
  • Paul Dux (2012)
  • Gabriel Dichter (2011)
  • Emmy Grossman (2010)
  • David Lyon (2009)
  • Tom James (2008)
  • Sang-Hun Lee (2007)

The Pat Burns Memorial Graduate Student Research Award

Pat Burns touched generations of doctoral students during her nearly four decades of service to Vanderbilt University. In memory of her tireless efforts to help guide our students through all phases of their graduate education, the Department of Psychology establishes a Graduate Student Research Award to recognize outstanding achievement in research by our most outstanding graduate students. The recipient receives a plaque and a $500 award.

This was award was newly established in 2007.

Pooja Balaram (2014)

Past Winners:

  • Braden Purcell (2013)
  • Michael Treadway (2012)
  • Rankin Williams McGugin & Thomas Armstrong (2011)
  • Katy Thakkar (2010)
  • Peiyan Wong & Stephenie Harrison (2009)
  • Michael Mack & Jennifer Richler (2008)
  • Darryl Schneider (2007)

Department of Psychology Scientific Development Awards

These awards are given annually to a select group of students in the graduate program in Psychological Sciences in the Department of Psychology. The awards provide a $5000 fund that can be used to defray the direct expenses of the recipient’s research and scientific training or other experiences that, if capitalized upon, could help build a strong vita. Those awarded to incoming graduate students recognize outstanding promise. Those awarded to current graduate students recognize outstanding achievement. These awards are made possible by the Psychology Department Memorial Fund, originally endowed in 1982 by departmental faculty to support awards for undergraduate and graduate research.

This award was established in 2010.

Katy Thakkar (2010)

Braden Purcell (2010)

Mustafa (Taha) Bilge (2010)

The William F. Hodges Teaching Assistant Award

This award recognizes outstanding achievement as a Teaching Assistant by a graduate student in the Department of Psychology. William Hodges was an undergraduate and a graduate student at Vanderbilt who received his doctorate in 1967. He subsequently went to the University of Colorado where he ultimately became a Full Professor and Director of Graduate Studies. He was well known for his research on the psychological impact of divorce, but he was also recognized as a great teacher. After his untimely death in 1992, family and friends established the William F. Hodges Teaching Assistant Award at Vanderbilt to honor outstanding teaching assistants.

Pooja Balaram (2014)

Past Winners:

  • Doug Godwin (2013)
  • Neal Morton (2012)
  • Rebecca St. Clair (2011)
  • Mary Baldwin and Phil Ko (2010)
  • Christine Cerkevich & Daryl Fougnie (2009)
  • Peiyan Wong (2008)
  • Michael Mack (2007)
  • Darryl Schneider (2006)
  • Lisa de la Mothe and Jinghua Xiong (2005)
  • Kerstin Blomquist, Chai-Youn Kim, and Bjoern Rump (2004)
  • Kim Curby and Bradley Folley (2003)
  • Sabine Schmid and Duje Tadin (2002)
  • Emily Grossman (2001)
  • Marci Flanery and Sang-Hun Lee (2000)
  • Carol Bilbrey (1999)
  • Hilary Taub (1998)
  • Jonathan Stadler (1997)
  • Amy Shelton (1996)
  • Preston Bost (1995)

Lisa M. Quesenberry Foundation Award, At The Community Foundation of Louisville

The Lisa M. Quesenberry Foundation Award was established by Irvin and Mary Ann Quesenberry and Kathryn Quesenberry to memorialize the accomplishments of their daughter and sister, Lisa M. Quesenberry. It is designed to provide research or study awards to motivated graduate students. Preferably, the awards will be made to female graduate students who are studying the field of psychology and who have overcome significant personal challenges to pursue their education.

Kacie Dougherty (2013)

Past Winners:

  • Pooja Balaram (2012)
  • Melonie Williams (2011)
  • Stephenie Harrison (2010)
  • Christina Cerkevich (2009)
  • Hilda Fehd (2008)
  • Rankin Williams (2007)
  • Kerstin Blomquist (2006)
  • Cathryn Freid and Kim Curby (2005)
  • Julia High (2004)
  • Monica Franklin (2003)
  • Emily Grossman (2002)
  • Marci Flanery (2001)
  • Jinghua Xiong (2000)
  • Carol Bilbrey (1999)
  • Jeanine Miller (1998)
  • Laurel Brown (1997)
  • Dorothy Tucker (1996)

The Jum C. Nunnally Research Award

This award is given each year in honor and memory of Professor Jum C. Nunnally, who designed and initiated the Honors Program in the Department of Psychology. This may have been the first honors program in the College of Arts and Science, served as a model for those that developed later in other departments in the college. Jum Nunnally came to Vanderbilt in 1960. In 1961, he became the second chair of the department. He served as chair from 1961-1964 and again from 1967-1970. Under Jum’s leadership, the department grew substantially in stature, including significant increases in both the number and quality of the faculty. A memorial fund to support the Jum C. Nunnally Research Award was established in 1982 by his friends and family, who were well aware of Jum’s dedication to the Honors Program. The award recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate honors project in the Department of Psychology.

Hannah Berg (2014)

Past Winners:

  • Michael Geoghegan (2013)
  • Amir Aschner (2012)
  • Lindsey Gilling McIntosh (2011)
  • Andrea Kirby (2010)
  • Kara Brooke Grubb (2009)
  • Bjoern Wallander (2008)
  • Madeleine Jackson (2007)
  • Amanda Sigal and Lindsay Miller (2006)
  • Aaron Aday and Vanessa Mullen (2005)
  • Danielle Grignon and Suzanna Manrique (2004)
  • Emily Drabant (2003)
  • Rizwan Akhtar and Kate Dickinson (2000)
  • Lauren Boydston (1999)
  • Jeffrey Darst (1998)
  • Rebecca Danylchak (1997)
  • Brian Hittle (1996)
  • Amy Ihrig (1995)
  • Matthew Heisler (1994)
  • Frank Tu (1993)
  • Andrew Palmer (1992)
  • Eric Strand (1991)
  • Melissa Van Horn (1990)
  • Jett Pihakis (1989)

The Child Development Award

Presented by the faculty of Psychology and Human Development to the graduating undergraduate senior who best examplifies the goals of the Child Development Program. The recipient is presented with a $150 prize at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The Child Studies Award

Presented by the faculty of Psychology and Human Development to the graduating undergraduate senior who best exemplifies academic excellence in the Child Studies Program. The recepient is presented with a $150 prize at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The Cognitive Sciences Award

Presented by the faculty of Psychology and Human Development to the graduating undergraduate senior who best exemplifies the goals of the Cognitive Sciences Program. The recipient is presented with a $150 prize at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The Undergraduate Honors Award

Presented by the faculty of Psychology and Human Development to the graduating undergraduate senior who best exemplifies the goals of the Honors Program. The recipient is presented with a $150 prize at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The Julius Seeman Award

Presented by the faculty of Psychology and Human Development to a graduate student who exemplifies the department's ideals of scholastic, personal and professional achievement. The recipient is presented with a $150 prize at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The Susan Gray Award

Presented by the faculty of Psychology and Human Development for excellence in scholarly writing to the graduate student who is sole or first author with the most distinguished scholarly publication during the previous year. The receipient is presented with a $150 prize at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The Barbara Strudler Wallston Memorial Award

Presented by the faculty of Psychology and Human Development to the graduate student who presents the most notable doctoral dissertation or article with a research focus on women or on health. The recipient is presented with a $150 prize at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The Hardy Culver Wilcoxon Award

Presented by the faculty of Psychology and Human Development to the graduate student with the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in any area of Psychological Inquiry. The recipient is presented with a $150 prize at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

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