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Internal Awards

UTSC Psychology Travel Grant

Once per academic year, graduate students (experimental and clinical) and postdoctoral fellows can request funds to assist with expenses associated with conference or workshop attendance.

Submission deadlines:

  • October 1st (covering July 1st – December 31st travel)
  • and March 1st (covering January 1st – June 30th travel).

Eligibility and Details:

For conferences, the applicant must be presenting original research findings from work completed under the primary supervision of a UTSC principal investigator. Similarly, workshop attendance must be related to research being conducted under the primary supervision of a UTSC principal investigator. Both conferences and workshops must be organized by a recognized academic society or institution.

High-impact conference presentations and financial need will be especially considered. Where possible, applicants are expected to take measures to minimize travel expenditure (e.g. sharing hotel accommodation). Awarded amounts will vary depending on the number of applicants

An electronic copy of a completed and signed application form (available here) should be submitted to psychology.utsc.awards@gmail.com.

 

UTSC Psychology Best Paper Award

The annual Best Paper Award will recognize outstanding peer-reviewed publications by graduate students (experimental and clinical) and post-doctoral fellows (including recent graduates).

Submission deadline:

  • March 1st

Eligibility and Details:

The paper must be first-authored by the applicant, and should represent work completed while at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The paper must be published or in press between February 2nd of the preceding year and February 1st of the year of application (e.g. for March 1st 2020 deadline, eligible period is Feb 2nd 2019 – Feb 1st 2020). Interested applicants should submit a copy of their paper, as well as a brief (< 200 words) statement outlining the importance of the work and justification for the award to psychology.utsc.awards@gmail.com. For papers in press but not yet published, please submit documentary proof of acceptance (e.g. proofs, editor acceptance letter, etc.). Two papers will be selected each year based on their theoretical importance ($250 award each) and award winners will have the opportunity to present their work to the department.

Previous winners:

2019:

  • Hause Lin
    Lin H, Vartanian O (2018). A neuroeconomic framework for creative cognition. Perspect Psychol Sci 13: 655-677.
  • Katie Walsh
    Walsh KM, Saab BJ, Farb NAS (2019). Effects of a Mindfulness Meditation App on Subjective Well-Being: Active Randomized Controlled Trial and Experience Sampling Study. JMIR Ment Health 6: e10844.

2020:

  • Shouyu Ling
    Ling SY, Lee ACH, Armstrong B, Nestor A (2019). EEG-based visual word decoding, feature derivation and image reconstruction. Hum Brain Map 40: 5056-5068.
  • Ian Roberts
    Roberts ID, Hutcherson CA (2019). Affect and decision making: Insights and predictions from computational models. Trend Cog Sci 23: 602–614.

 

UTSC Psychology Doctoral Dissertation Award

The annual Doctoral Dissertation Award will recognize outstanding research contributions from recently-examined PhD students.

Submission deadline:

  • March 1st

Eligibility and Details:

The dissertation should represent work completed while at the University of Toronto Scarborough, for either the Experimental Psychology program or the Psychological Clinical Science program, with a completed final oral examination held between February 2nd of the preceding year and February 1st of the year of application (e.g. for March 1st 2020 deadline, eligible period is Feb 2nd 2019 – Feb 1st 2020). Interested applicants should submit a copy of their dissertation to psychology.utsc.awards@gmail.com and should request a nomination letter from their primary supervisor in support of the award, to be sent to the same address. One dissertation will be awarded each year ($500) and the award winner will have the opportunity to present their work to the department.

Previous winners:

2020:

  • Olivia Podolak Lewandowska

 

UTSC Psychology TA Award

The Teaching Assistant Award is open to all graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who have served as a teaching assistant for a Psychology/Neuroscience course at UTSC over the past academic year.

Submission deadline:

  • 1st April

Eligibility and details:

Eligibility and adjudication criteria will follow the UTSC Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) guidelines for their annual Teaching Assistant Awards (please see https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/sites/utsc.utoronto.ca.ctl/files/u53/Graduate%20Teaching%20Assistants%20Award.docx).

If you are a course instructor or TA who would like to make a nomination/self-nomination, please liaise with your respective TA/course instructor and put together a nomination package, following the CTL requirements (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/sites/utsc.utoronto.ca.ctl/files/u53/Graduate%20Teaching%20Assistants%20Award.docx). A single pdf file of this nomination package should then be submitted to psychology.utsc.awards@gmail.com.

Up to 3 awards will be made, each worth $250. Award winners will then be forwarded automatically for consideration for a UTSC CTL Teaching Assistant Award.

Previous winners:

2019:

  • Nadia Al Dajani
  • Olivia Podolak
  • Marco Sama

2020:

  • Sadia Riaz