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Graduate Awards

The Department annually names doctoral student recipients of two Fellowships, as well as an award for teaching, for research, and for mentoring.

The William P. Dunlap Memorial Summer Research Fellowship funds the research of psychology doctoral students who are working in the areas of psychological methods, behavioral statistics, and psychometrics. The award honors the memory of our colleague Bill Dunlap and continues his legacy of statistics and psychometrics. The Fund was established in 2002, shortly after Bill passed away. A 2003 memorial article about him appears in Journal of General Psychology, 130.

  • 2021 Recipient Kamiya Stewart
  • 2020 Recipient Renee Lamoreau
  • 2017 Recipient Nick Fears
  • 2016 Recipient: Blair Youmans
  • 2015 Recipient: Lisa Chinn
  • 2014 Recipient: Corey Black
  • 2012 Recipient: Jennifer Maldarelli
  • 2011 Recipient: David Doyle
  • 2010 Recipient: Aaron Kottke
  • 2009 Recipient: Meredith Summerville

The Doris Patricia O'Quinn Ph.D. Fellowship provides an academic year stipend to a School Psychology doctoral student who is working (or has worked) in secondary school systems. This endowed fund was established by the living trust of Dr. O'Quinn Johns, who earned an MS in Education from Tulane University.  Awardees typically lead the internship course (PSYC4570/4580) at least once during their tenure.

  • Stephanie Oshrin, Fall 2019-present
  • Elizabeth McIntyre, Fall 2017-summer 2019
  • Jennifer Rious, Fall 2014-summer 2017
  • Patrick Bell, Fall 2010-Summer 2014
  • Laura Niditch, Spring 2010 - Summer 2010

The C. Chrisman Wilson Memorial Award for Graduate Student Teaching in Psychology honors the memory of our departed colleague by recognizing excellence in teaching among our graduate students.

Students should be formally nominated by a psychology faculty member via a written statement (s) of support. This award requires a nomination packet, submitted by March 15th, which includes information directly from the graduate student: Curriculum Vitae and List of TA and/or teaching assignments (course, semester, year, instructor, general duties)

The inaugural award recipients, recognized in 2013, were Elin Grissom and Wayne Hawley. Subsequent recipients were Patricia Gilbert and Kathryn Jones (2014), Jeff Brown and Stefanie Simon (2015), Jorge Verlenden (2016), Emily Shaffer (2017), and Kathyrn Simon (2018). In 2019, the award was shared by Corey Black and Emily Lewis. The 2020 award was shared by teaching duos Jimmy Moran & Laura Perrry and Erin Glackin & Lea Petrovic. The 2021 award was shared by teaching duos Whitney Davis & Stephanie Moberg and Blair Youmans & Megan Saybe.

The Department of Psychology Graduate Student Research Award was created to recognize psychology graduate students for conducting and writing up outstanding research. It focuses on both the student’s general research experience and specific completed research projects. The research independence of the applicant as well as the novelty and implications of research performed as a graduate student will be used for evaluation purposes. The inaugural award recipient in 2019 was Nicholas Kerry. Laura Perry received the 2020 award.

Students should be formally nominated by a psychology faculty member via a written statement (s) of support. This award requires a nomination packet, submitted by March 15th, which includes information directly from the graduate student: completed application, curriculum vitae, brief summary of research including objectives, methods, significance ( maximum of three single-spaced pages including literature cited and any figures and tables) OR a pdf of a manuscript or reprint of a published paper. Application materials: here

The Department of Psychology Graduate Student Mentoring Award was created to recognize psychology graduate students for serving as outstanding research mentors to peer and undergraduate students. It focuses on both the student’s general research experience and specific projects on which they served as mentors. The quality and quantity of the projects and overall mentorship will be used for evaluation purposes. The inaugural award recipient in 2019 was Nicholas Fears. The 2020 award recipients were Brianna Keenan, Danica Kulibert, and Elsia Obus. In 2021, the award recognized two separate categories of peer and undergraduate mentoring.  The Peer Mentoring Award was shared by Andrew Orapallo and Ashlee Yates, and The Undergraduate Mentoring Award was shared by Kamiya Stewart and Jenna Winston.

Students should be formally nominated by a psychology faculty member AND a peer, or an undergraduate mentee via a written statement (s) of support. This award requires a nomination packet, submitted by March 15th, which includes information directly from the graduate student: Curriculum Vitae and a 1 page essay from the nominee describing distinguished mentorship of peers and/or undergraduates.

The Department of Psychology Master’s Program Distinguished Scholars was inaugurated in 2020 to recognize exceptional writing, oral presentation, and citizenship among students in the Psychology or Behavioral Health Masters programs.  The first recipients were Kyra Ness-Lanckriet and Maya Shaar. In 2021, the award was presented to Riana Gaudet.

Flowerree Summer Research Fellowships support psychology doctoral students in their collaborative research with psychology faculty. These awards are made possible by a former student and long time benefactor, the late Mr. Robert E. Flowerree, a former advisory member of the Tulane Board of Administrators and retired CEO of Georgia-Pacific. Mr. Flowerree provided the department with gifts intended to support faculty research.  Beginning in 2016, the faculty began awarding noncompetitive summer support to all continuing PhD students in their first and second years (allowing a one time deferment for students supported on grants).

  • 2015 Recipients: Emiliya Adelson, Max Anderson, Corey Black, Michael Brachfeld, Veronica Coriano, Heather Henderson, Trenesha Hill, Liz McIntyre, Aaron Moss, Jennifer Rious, Lauren Ruelens, Emily Shaffer, Caroline Tipler, Tara Van Bommel, and Amanda Van Camp
  • 2014 Recipients: Lisa Chinn, Veronica Coriano, Trenesha Hill, Jennifer Rious, Kathryn Simon, and Caroline Tipler
  • 2013 Recipients: David Doyle, Heather Henderson, Emily Shaffer, Caroline Tipler, Tara Van Bommel, and Jorge Verlenden
  • 2012 Recipients: Danielle Charney, David Doyle, Elin Grissom, Wayne Hawley, Emily Shaffer, and Tara Van Bommel
  • 2011 Recipients: Daniel Bayless, Alison Blodorn, Alyssa Boasso, Meaghan Crawley, Elin Grissom, Wayne Hawley, Sara Redahan, Tara Van Bommel
  • 2010 Recipients: Alison Blodorn, Elizabeth Carey, Meaghan Crawley, Christiane Creveling, Gordon Franke, Elin Grissom, Wayne Hawley, Wendy Jung, Bala Kathivelu, Jackleen Leed, Qi Li, Jennifer Maldarelli, Rosa Maria Mulser
  • 2009 Recipients: Alyssa Boasso, Berre Burch, Meaghan Crawley, Christiane Creveling, Wayne Hawley, Bala Kathirvelu, Laura Marques, Laura Niditch