APA Division 15 - Educational Psychology
Awards for Doctoral Research
Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association offers the Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award to recognize excellence in doctoral dissertation research and two Dissertation Research Awards to provide monetary support to students who are currently preparing to conduct dissertation research. To be eligible for these awards, applicants must be current members or student affiliates of Division 15. (For information on becoming a member of Division 15, click here.)
Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award
The Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes excellence in doctoral dissertation research that has been completed within the past two years.
The applicant must be a member, affiliate, or student member of Division 15 and must have completed a dissertation in an area of educational psychology research at an accredited college or university within the past two calendar years. This year's applicants must have completed their dissertation between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010. Applicants who are still graduate students must have had their final dissertation approved by their doctoral committee prior to application. Departments/programs may endorse no more than three students per year for the award.
One Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award will be given each year. The award includes a $500 cash stipend, a plaque of recognition, an invitation to present the body of research at the next year's APA annual meeting, and up to $1000 for the recipient's travel and registration expenses for the APA conference.
The Dissertation Award Committee will examine all eligible applications. The award decision will be made in the spring of each year and applicants will be notified of the award decision in early summer. Due to conference programming deadlines, the award will be granted at the following year's APA Convention (i.e., approximately 18 months later). The 2011 Dissertation Award will be given at the APA Convention in Orlando, FL, August 2-5, 2012.
Recent Pintrich Dissertation Award Winners
- 2010 Dissertation Award Winner: Andrew Butler
2009 Dissertation Award Winner: Chris Hulleman
- Andrew received his PhD in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis. His dissertation is entitled, "Using Repeated Testing and Variable Encoding to Promote Transfer of Learning," and his Chair was Dr. Henry L. Roediger, III. Andrew will receive his award and present his work at the 2011 APA Convention in Washington, DC.
2008 Dissertation Award Winner: Lynette S. Arnold
- Chris received his PhD in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation is entitled, "The Role of Utility Value in the Development of Interest and Achievement," and his Chair was Professor Judith M. Harackiewicz. Chris will receive his award and present his work at the 2010 APA Convention in San Diego.
- Lynette received her PhD in 2005 from the University of Sydney. Her dissertation is entitled, "Enhancing Student Academic Regulatory Processes: A Study of Metacognitive Knowledge Monitoring, Strategic Enhancement, and Achievement," and her Chair was Professor Richard Walker. Lynette received her award and presented her work at the 2009 APA Convention in Toronto.
How and When to Apply
To be considered, all application materials must be submitted electronically via email. Please note the file format requirements for each component. A completed application should contain the following components:
- An application cover sheet. Please name this file according to the following convention: yourlastname_coversheet.pdf. This document should be submitted as a PDF (.pdf file format) file.
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- An extended abstract that is typed, 2000-word maximum, double-spaced in APA style. With their abstract, applicants may include up to two additional pages for tables and/or figures, and one additional page for a list of references). Please name this file according to the following convention: yourlastname_abstract.doc. This document should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (.doc file extension).
- A narrative autobiography (250-word maximum) describing salient research experiences, publications and/or presentations, past collaborative efforts, and career plans. (Do not submit your curriculum vitae.) Please name this file according to the following convention: yourlastname_autobiography.doc. This document should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (.doc file extension).
- A letter of nomination (two-page maximum) from the faculty member associated with the completion of the dissertation. The letter must be signed by the faculty member. This letter should be scanned and included in your email. Please name this file according to the following convention: yourlastname_facultynomination.pdf. Microsoft Word (.doc) format is also acceptable.
- Proof of current member or affiliate status in Division 15. Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_membership. (File format may vary.)
Electronically submit the above components in one email with five separate e-mail attachments to the committee chairs, Ellen Usher, email@example.com, and Martin Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, December 31, 2010. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the award.
All application materials submitted for consideration for the Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award will be evaluated by the Award Committee. Dissertation abstracts will be judged by the Award Committee on a scale from 1 (poor) to 7 (outstanding) along the following dimensions:
- Significance. The theoretical or practical significance to the field should be evident.
- Quality of Writing. The abstract should be organized and clear.
- Quality of Research. The abstract should reflect high quality research.
- Interpretation. The conclusions drawn are valid and well grounded.
The Award Committee will then provide a comprehensive rating of each award applicant's overall application packet.
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Dissertation Research Awards [Applications due May 1, 2011]
The purpose of the dissertation research grant is to provide financial support for promising educational psychology doctoral students who are preparing to collect their dissertation data.
Applicants must be current graduate students who are members or student affiliates of Division 15. Students from institutions large and small and from all domains relevant to the empirical study of educational psychology are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have submitted their dissertation proposal and received their committee's approval to conduct their dissertation work.
Information on becoming a member or affiliate of Division 15 is available here.
Two grants will be awarded each year. Each grant award includes a $1,000 stipend to be applied toward the student's dissertation research.
Announcement of the award winners will be made at the APA convention in Washington, DC, August 2-5, 2011, during the Division 15 business meeting.
2010 Dissertation Research Award Winners
- Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Duke University
Dissertation Title: "The Regulatory Capacities of Motivation Constructs: How Academic Motivation Contributes to Self-Regulation towards Academic Success"
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia
- Travis Wilson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dissertation Title: "African American and European American Children's Social Capital in Elementary Schools: Ethnic Segregation, Social Status, and Academic Achievement"
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Philip Rodkin
2009 Dissertation Research Award Winners
- Ming Te Wang, Harvard University
Proposed dissertation title: "Adolescents' Perceptions of School Climate, Achievement Motivation and Engagement in Middle School"
- Mike Yough, The Ohio State University
Proposed dissertation title: "Self-Efficacy and the English Language Learner"
How and When to Apply
A completed application should contain the following four components, each in a separate file, along with an email correspondence from the chair of your dissertation committee:
- A title page with your full contact information, an abstract of the proposed study, and contact information for your dissertation chair. Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_contact.
- A 3-4 page summary (1,000-word maximum) that includes the title of your study, statement of the problem, research question, hypotheses, and proposed methodology (double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font). Please use Microsoft Word format only and name this file according to the following convention: lastname_summary.doc (or .docx).
- Your vita. Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_vita.
- Proof of current member or affiliate status in Division 15. Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_membership.
- Email verification of your current program status from your dissertation chair. Your dissertation chair should submit verification of your program status (i.e., that you have received approval to conduct your proposal dissertation research). An email message is acceptable. Contact information is below.
Electronically submit the first four components above in one email with four separate e-mail attachments to the committee chairs, Ellen Usher, email@example.com, and Martin Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should ask their dissertation chair to submit verification of their status separately to Ellen Usher and Martin Jones at the addresses above. Submissions must be received no later than midnight EST on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Students do not need to submit a proposed budget or letters of recommendation.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the importance of the research question, match with Division 15 goals, and quality of the proposed methodology.
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