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Psychology Donor Awards

Donors from within Psychology's academic community and from outside Western have provided funds for the following graduate student awards.  In some cases, Faculty Supervisors nominate their students for the awards; in other cases, students may submit an application.  We distribute notices for these awards in the fall term each year. 


Leola E. Neal Award

The family and friends of the late Leola E. Neal, a former Psychology faculty member and a UWO Dean of Women, established this award through Foundation Western. Valued at $450, the Leola E. Neal Award is given each fall by the Psychology Graduate Program for the most outstanding Master's thesis in any of the following subject areas: clinical, developmental, education, industrial/organizational, measurement, personality, or social psychology. To be eligible, the recipient, after completing the Master's degree, must immediately enroll as a full-time student in a Psychology doctoral program at any university. Procedure: In September each year, the Psychology Graduate Office invites nominations from supervisors of recently completed Master's thesis students. 2009 Jennifer Tapscott; 2010 Claire Salisbury; 2011 Sarah Stanton; 2012 Anna Matejko; 2013 Emily Nichols; 2014 Martin Smith; 2015 Celia Goffin

Ralph S. Devereux Award in Psychology

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in the Masters level graduate program in Psychology, with preference given to students specializing in topics relating to education or children, based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and financial need. Contact the Psychology Graduate Program Office for application details and deadline. The Graduate Selection Committee will select the recipient. At least one member of this committee will hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Frances R. Devereux (MA'58, Psychology) and the late Ralph S. Devereux (MA'48, Philosophy & Psychology, LLD'85) through Foundation Western. Value: one award at $1,600. 2009 Eugene Ji; 2010 Hayden Woodley; 2011 Tram Nguyen; 2012 Aaron Gibbings; 2013 Sarah Ouellette; 2014 Jeremy Viczko; 2015 Carolina Patryluk

Reva Gerstein Felllowship for Masters Study in Psychology

This fellowship has been made possible through the generosity of the Bertrand Gerstein Family Foundation. It was created to honour Dr. Reva Gerstein, Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario from 1992-1996. Worth $2800, this award is available annually to a student studying at the year 1 masters' level in the Department of Psychology who has demonstrated financial need. Selection will be made by the Department of Psychology. Criteria: The recipient must meet the minimum academic requirements for funding set by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, i.e., 78%. In September each year, contact the Psychology Graduate Program Office for application details and deadline. The Graduate Selection Committee will select the recipient. At least one member of this committee will hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 2009 Eugene Ji; 2010 Candace Kawiuk; 2011 Tram Nguyen; 2012 Steve Matson; 2013 Kabir Daljeet; 2014 Valentina Sergeeva; 2015 Clara Stafford

Douglas N. Jackson Memorial Award

This award is made possible by donations made in memory of Douglas N. Jackson and it is awarded to a full-time graduate student entering the graduate program in Psychology, specializing in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Valued at $500, this award is based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average) and research potential. Procedure: In February each year, the Industrial/Organizational Graduate Committee will select the recipient. Procedure: In February each year, the Industrial/Organizational Graduate Committee selects the recipient from among the applicants. 2011 Joseph Choi; 2014 Jose Espinoza; 2016 Natasha Ouslis

G. Keith Humphrey Memorial Award

The G. Keith Humphrey Memorial Award is for the graduate student in Psychology or Neuroscience who best exemplifies the philosophy and spirit of Professor Humphrey and his research. Keith was a brilliant young scholar who admired true intellectual curiosity and possessed a love of visual science. This Award is chosen annually by the Graduate Selection Committee in  the Department of Psychology. The value of the G. Keith Humphrey Memorial Award is $650. 2010 Andres Carrasco (Neuroscience); 2011 Jeffrey Malins (Neuroscience); 2012 Kazunaga Matsuki (Psychology); 2013 Stephan Vogel (Psychology); 2014 Krista Macpherson (Psychology); 2015 Tara Farrell; 2016 Caroline Strang

Marilyn (Pack) McClelland Award in Psychology

Awarded to a full-time graduate student who is conducting research in Developmental or Clinical Psychology relating to children. Selection will be based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average), research productivity and quality of research publications. A committee in the Department of Psychology, with at least one participant holding current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will select the recipient. This award was established by a gift from Dr. W.J. McClelland. Value: 1 at $750. 2009 Ian Holloway (Developmental); 2010 Katie Kryski (Clinical); 2011 Stephanie Bugden (Developmental); 2012 Kyleigh Schraeder (Clinical); 2013 Yuliya Kotelnikova; 2014 Nikki Hosseini-Kamkar; 2015 Anna Matejko

Richard A. Harshman Scholarship

Awarded to a PhD student (part-time or full-time) based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average). To be eligible, a student must be in Year 2 or higher of a PhD program and be undertaking research in Statistical Methods or the Philosophy of Science. Candidates may apply through the Graduate Affairs Committee in either the Department of Psychology or the Department of Philosophy by submitting their CV and a one-page statement describing their research and relevant achievements, including publications. A committee with representation from the Department of Psychology or the Department of Philosophy, with at least one member who is a current member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will select the recipient. Award recipients are eligible to receive this scholarship once during their academic career at Western. This award will alternate between the Departments of Psychology (odd years) and Philosophy (even years). This award was established through Foundation Western. Value: 1 at $1,400. 2010 Leanna Sangster (Philosophy); 2011 Matthew Shanahan (Psychology); 2012 Andrew Peterson (Philosophy); 2013 Livia Veselka (Psychology); 2014 Molly Kao; 2015 Tram Nguyen

Sam Paunonen Award in Psychology

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student in a Masters or Doctoral program in Psychology, with academic achievement and research merit, whose research is based in the social sciences and humanities. The scholarship committee in the Graduate Psychology program will select the recipient.  At least one representative of the committee must hold current membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  This scholarship was established by the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Paunonen (PhD ’82, Psychology, BA ’77) to honour and celebrate his life, and to recognize a student who shares Dr. Paunonen’s qualities, values and interests. The hope is that future students will receive the assistance they require to fulfil their dreams and aspirations. Value: 1 at $1000.  2016 Erica Giammarco