NJPA Academic & Scientific Affairs Awards  

The New Jersey Psychological Association Academic & Scientific Affairs is pleased to announce two awards, Distinguished Faculty Award and Student Research Award, that recognize the accomplishments and scholarly contributions of our students and colleagues.  Self-nominations are encouraged and nominees need not be members of NJPA. The Committee on Academic and Scientific Affairs reserves the right to make all final determinations on which awardees will be selected. The awards are not necessarily issued each year. Both awards will be presented during the NJPA 2022 Fall Conference. Nomination Deadline for both awards is May 15, 2022.

Distinguished Faculty Award
This award acknowledges the efforts of a psychologist faculty member, either full-time faculty or holding a scientific position, for their research, teaching, or training efforts. The distinguished faculty is provided $200, awarded to one faculty member annually, with the desire that the faculty member awards one of their students in their lab with the $200.  

Nomination Requirements for the Distinguished Faculty Award include :

  1. Name, terminal degree of candidate and institutional affiliation
  2. Contact information—mailing address, telephone number & email of candidate
  3. A 500-word statement describing the candidate's contributions/reason for the nomination
  4. Curriculum vita or resume
  5. Three letters of endorsement including the endorser's credentials
Nomination Form

Student Research Award
This award is presented to a student (undergraduate or graduate) in psychology who is attending a college/university in New Jersey, interning in a New Jersey institution, or an NJPA student affiliate, who has demonstrated exceptional research potential as determined by his or her academic department. This research should have been completed within the last two years. The awardee is invited to present their research as a poster at the NJPA Fall Conference. One awardee is selected annually and given a stipend in the amount of $200.

Nomination Requirements for the Graduate Student Research Award include :

  1. Name, terminal degree of candidate and institutional affiliation.
  2. Contact information—mailing address, telephone number & email of candidate.
  3. Title of research presentation.
  4. 100 - 150 word abstract and/or one page summary of project.
  5. Resume of applicant.
  6. Name, address, phone of faculty sponsor.
  7. Two letters of endorsement from faculty members.
Nomination Form

2021 NJPA Academic & Scientific Affairs Award Recipients:  

Past NJPA Academic & Scientific Affairs Awards: 

2020 Distinguished Teacher Award Winner - Melany Rivera - Maldonado, PhD
2020 Award Graduate Student Research Award Winners Christopher Watkins, and Co-Authors A. Keshani Perera, Bryan Alava, and Fernanda Moura 
2019 Distinguished Teacher Award Winner - Daniel Mahoney, EdD
2019 Graduate Student Research Award Winner - Sekinat Kuku
2019 Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner - Shoshana May


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