Award Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be student members of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology at the time they apply for the award.
  • Applicants must be a full-time graduate student at the time of submission.
  • Published data is eligible for the award if the applicant was involved in the research project. 
  • Data collection and analyses must be complete. 
  • Applicants are eligible to enter ONE first-author submission to the award. If more than one submission is entered, they will all be voided.

Please note: The ORA no longer requires applicants to physically attend the conference nor have an accepted submission at SPSP. Past winners of the Student Poster Award and Student Travel Award are eligible for this award. However, past winners of the Outstanding Research Award are NOT eligible. 

Applications should include a brief abstract and a detailed project summary, both of which should be BLIND (should not include any identifying information, such as names and affiliations):

  • An abstract of 400 words or fewer summarizing the research. There is no minimum word limit for abstracts; however, we believe that abstracts that adequately describe the details of the research require at least 300 words.
  • A project summary limited to three pages. The summary should include the purpose of the research, a brief introduction, a detailed methods section, a detailed results section, and discussion/implications section.  
  • The introduction must include a clear, concise and completely justified statement of the hypotheses tested (if applicable) or the research questions.
  • The method and results sections must include detailed and transparent reports of the study’s design, procedures, analyses, and findings. 
  • The discussion/implications should discuss the significant contribution of the work while taking into account the potential limitations of the study. 
  • The summary can include up to two tables or figures (i.e., one table/one figure, two tables, or two figures) that are not counted toward the three-page limit. References also do not count towards the three-page limit.
  • Summary must adhere to APA 7th edition format (i.e., 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced).

 Please view the judging rubric for the Outstanding Research Award before you make your submission. This rubric will be used to score your application.

Preparing Your Files for Blind Review
 Please name your application file “ORAprojectsummary”. Remove all identifying information (e.g., names, affiliations) from your abstract, application, AND file names before uploading your submission.

The application deadline is October 16, 2020, 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time.

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