Geis Memorial Award

This award offers $15,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year to fund dissertation research in the Psychology of Women by an advanced doctoral candidate. Sponsored by Div. 35.

Annual Deadline:  April 15 

Eligible research will demonstrate:

  1. Methodological soundness and sophistication

  2. Contribution to the field of feminist psychology

  3. Sophisticated research design in the social psychology tradition

History and Purpose of the Award

Florence L. Geis was a Social Psychologist with a strong commitment to research on the Psychology of Women and to the mentoring of women graduate students. In her will, she left an endowment to fund doctoral students conducting dissertation research in feminist apsychology. To qualify for funding, the research must be 1) feminist, 2) address a feminist/womanist issue, 3) use social psychology research methods and 4) make a significant contribution to social psychology theory and research. Proposals will be judged on suitability, feasibility, merit of the research and the potential of the student to have a career as a feminist researcher in social psychology. Funding need not be used solely to fund the research project.

Eligibility

Advanced doctoral graduate students in psychology or a closely related field whose dissertation research focuses on the psychology of women. The research must demonstrate:

  • Methodological soundness and sophistication.

  • Potential to make a significant contribution to the fields of feminist psychology and social psychology.

How to Apply

Please compile the following materials into an electronic zipped folder, named as the applicant's last name, and email the folder to the Geis Award Chair: Elizabeth L. Haines, PhD.

Use the formats designated below to name the files within the folder:

1. The proposal file should include the following:

a. A cover sheet that includes title of proposal, name of investigator, name of dissertation Advisor/Chair, name of institution/university, address, phone number, fax number and email address.

b. A 100 word abstract

c. A proposal of 1500 words or less including: i) the purpose of the research; ii) theoretical rationale with a brief reference to relevant literature; iii) research design; iv) procedures; and v) hypotheses or research questions.

d. A one page statement of the relevance of the project to feminist concerns. Specify any particular relevance to (or limitations in generalizing about) diverse groups of women in terms of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability status, social class, age, etc.

e. A timeline and budget. The purpose of this funding is for student support and all of the funds do not have to be used to directly support your research. If not using the funding for direct research support, please elaborate on how the funding will enhance your research and career goals and objectives. The timeline must show reasonable completion during the term of the award.

f. Name this file (containing a to e above) < your last name > proposal

2. A one page description of: i) career goals and activities; ii) a description of previous research, if any; iii) how this funding would contribute to your career goals.

a. Name this file < your last name > career

3. Curriculum Vitae or resume

a. Name this file < your last name > CV

4. Two letters of recommendation supporting the quality of the project: i) one from the faculty sponsor which includes a statement confirming that the applicant has been advanced to doctoral candidacy and ii) a letter from a second faculty member.

a. Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically. They can be included within the folder submitted by the applicant, or they can be emailed separately by the letter writers. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that letters of recommendation are received by the submission deadline.

b. Name these files < your last name > letter1 and < your last name > letter2

Judging

A panel of three psychologists will evaluate proposals on the basis of theoretical and methodological soundness, relevance to feminist goals and relevance of future goals to a career that furthers feminist social psychology and research. The award recipient will be announced by June 30, and the award and funding will be presented at the APA Annual Convention, Div. 35 Awards ceremony.

Past Recipients

2013: Lily Jampol of Cornell University for project entitled "The Glass Ceiling Stained with Lies: The Effect of Subtle Biases in Communication on Overt Gender Equality"

Honorable mentions:
Patricia Gilbert of Tulane University for project entitled "The Impact of Role Model Identification: Does Reflecting on How One Identifies with a STEM Role Model Improve Women’s STEM Outcomes?" and Valerie Laws of Rutgers University for project entitled "An Experimental Manipulation of Negative Gender Self-Stereotyping: Effect on Women's Self esteem and Career Attitudes"