Each year as commencement approaches, the Psychology
Department receives nominations for three awards. These are:
Below please find all the information you need, including
eligibility, award criteria, and deadlines for these three awards.
The Distinction in Research and Creative Work is a University-wide
award described here:
This award is for select undergraduates, granted at
commencement, and it will appear on their transcripts and diplomas. In
Psychology, this award recognizes Rice B.A. recipients who have contributed to a
substantial research discovery. Applicants should submit a formal description
of their research by providing a submission-ready manuscript, a PSYC 499 honors
final paper, or equivalent along with a detailed accounting of the nominee’s personal
contribution as well as those of other authors. Applicants must also be in good
academic standing and have a cumulative Rice-wide GPA of at least 3.30 for
courses completed at Rice. Note that students who complete a Psychology honors
thesis (PSYC 499) do not automatically qualify for this distinction, but they are
strongly encouraged to apply for it. Note also that in addition to graduating
seniors, non-seniors and December grads are eligible for the award. Recognition for the award is granted only at
Commencement in May and only for students who have graduated or are graduating
at that Commencement.
Required Application Materials:
Deadline for Final Submission
of Materials: Friday April 7, 2017. Please email the required documents in PDF format to
firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject header “Distinction in Research Award.” We will
confirm receipt. If you are unable to submit your application electronically,
you may bring it to Carrie Smith in Sewall Hall 464 in an envelope labeled
“Distinction in Research” along with your name.
Each year, the Department of Psychology grants two awards at
the School of Social Sciences reception on the Friday before graduation: the
William C. Howell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and
Scholarship, and the John W. Brelsford Award for Superior Scholarship,
Leadership, or Service. Recipients of these awards receive a cash prize, a
plaque, and a certificate. Names of the recipients are included in the
graduation program and are inscribed on a large plaque displayed in the
Department of Psychology.
The Howell Award recognizes an outstanding academic record as reflected by overall GPA, Psychology
GPA, and outstanding record of research accomplishment as reflected on a c.v.
in sections detailing:
The Brelsford Award recognizes these same criteria but puts significant emphasis on service
contributions to the field of psychology, to the Department at Rice, and/or to
the greater Rice community.
Deadline for receipt
of your materials is Monday, April 3, 2017.Please email these documents (transcript and statement) in
PDF format to email@example.com, with the subject header “Howell and Brelsford
Awards.” We will confirm receipt. If you are unable to submit your application
electronically, you may bring it to Carrie Smith in Sewall Hall 464 in an
envelope labeled “Howell and Brelsford Awards” along with your name.
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