Ends on September 30, 2017

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 the first author of a completed research project within the field of social/personality psychology that is not currently published or in-press. 
    *Data collection/analysis must be completed.
  • Applicants must be a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) at the time of submission.

Please note: 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.


All of the following 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, methods, results, and discussion/implications sections.
    • The introduction must include a clear, concise and completely justified statement of the hypotheses tested (if applicable) or the research questions.
    • The discussion/implications should discuss the significant contribution of the work.
    • 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.

Please view the judging rubric for the Outstanding Research Award (which can be found on the Outstanding Research Award application portal) before you make your submission. This rubric will be used to score your application.


Please note:

  • The summary may not exceed 3 double-spaced pages (excluding 2 tables/figures, and references).
  • Adhere to APA 6th edition format (i.e., 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced). Submissions that do not adhere to APA formatting will be automatically disqualified.
  • Do not put your name and school affiliation within the summary and abstract. However, be sure to include the title of your submission in the header of every page.

The application deadline is September 30, 2017, midnight in the last time zone on earth. 


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. 

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