Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Merit, Travel, Research, and Service Awards

Each year, the Department of Psychology honors UNCW undergraduate students for their exceptional academic performance and their work in psychological research and service. Nine awards are available:  Three for meritorious academic performance, one to support student travel to present at a scientific conference, three for students who have excelled in research, and two for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to our department.  Recipients of the awards are recognized at department graduation ceremonies as well as on the Awards webpage.

Click on the name of an award below for a description and application information.  

I. MERIT AWARDS

II. TRAVEL AWARDS

III. RESEARCH AWARDS

IV. SERVICE AWARDS


MERIT AWARDS

The Department of Psychology offers three merit awards to celebrate students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance.  To apply for a merit award, please use UNCW's University Scholarship Application which can be found in your My Seaport account.  These are monetary awards and any awarded funds will be transferred directly to your UNCW account.  Note that you will be required to include a Psychology faculty letter of support as part of your application for any of these merit awards.  Award recipients will be selected by the Department of Psychology’s Undergraduate Steering Committee.

Charles V. Allo Scholarship

Charles Allo was a UNCW Psychology major in the 1970s who lived in Carolina Beach.  He subsequently became a very generous donor to our department and this award is just one example of his generosity.  The recipient of this award will be selected on demonstrated academic ability and special achievement; financial need can be a secondary consideration. The recipient must be a Psychology Major, with at least Junior standing, and a full-time student, and they must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Katie C. Phillips Scholarship

Katie Phillips was a Psychology senior who died in 2016.  Her family created this merit award in her honor, and it is meaningful to our department because it commemorates Katie's big personality, sharp intellect, and kind spirit.  The recipient of this scholarship will be selected on demonstrated academic ability and special achievement. The recipient must be a UNCW senior pursuing a degree in the Department of Psychology.  Learn more about Katie in this memorial created by her capstone class

Williams/Jackson Merit Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the Department of Psychology faculty and staff in honor of its founding chairs, Dr. John Taylor Williams and Dr. Lee Anderson Jackson. This is an undergraduate merit scholarship, and the recipient will be selected on demonstrated academic ability. The recipient must have been accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences and have indicated a commitment to majoring in psychology. 

Novak Family Merit Scholarship

The Novak family are long-time supporters of UNCW and are members of the UNCW Parents Council. Their daughter, Nikki, was a former Honors student in our department. This is a merit scholarship, and the recipient will be an undergraduate or graduate Psychology student with demonstrated academic ability and special achievements. Strong preference should be given to students who are also in the Honors College. 

TRAVEL AWARDS

Travel awards provide funds to support student travel to scientific conferences.  These are monetary awards, based on available funds, and any awarded funds are administered by the Department of Psychology (please contact psychology administators Brooke Hebbelman oBrittany Andrews for more information).  

To apply for a travel award, please complete this Robert Tindall Brown Student Travel Award Application, and email it to the undergraduate coordinator, Dr. Karen Daniels.  This is a rolling application process with no set application deadline.  You should also arrange to have a letter of recommendation emailed from a UNCW Psychology faculty member to Dr. Daniels.  Award recipients will be selected by the Department of Psychology’s Undergraduate Steering Committee.

Robert Tindall Brown Student Travel Award

This travel award was created by Dr. Cecil R. Reynolds, in honor of the excellence in teaching and mentoring by Dr. Robert (Bob) T. Brown.  Dr. Brown is a Professor Emeritus who served on the faculty of the Department of Psychology for three decades at University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Dr. Reynolds is a 1975 alumnus, the 1984 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and a 1988 Razor Walker Award recipient. Please also see the news story about this award.

The award recipient must be pursuing a Psychology B.A. at UNCW and must be the first author on an empirical research talk or poster presentation at a regional or national meeting.  Preference will be given to students attending national conferences and to research presentations involving experimental manipulations.

RESEARCH AWARDS

Each year, the Department of Psychology honors UNCW graduating seniors for their exceptional work in psychological research.  There are three research awards described in more detail below. Recipients must be seniors, pursuing a Psychology B.A. at UNCW, and be graduating in the Fall or Spring semester of the year they apply.  Preference will be given to students who are involved in a research laboratory, especially those completing an Honors thesis.

To apply for a research award, please complete this Undergraduate Research Award Application and email it to the undergraduate coordinator, Dr. Karen Daniels, by the application deadline (noted in the application).  You should also arrange to have a letter of recommendation emailed from a UNCW Psychology faculty member to Dr. Daniels by the application deadline.  

Students may apply for more than one research award but can only be awarded one. Research award recipients will be selected by the Department of Psychology’s Undergraduate Steering Committee and are recognized at department graduation ceremonies as well as on the Awards webpage.

Williams-Kowal Award

The Williams-Kowal Award is awarded to a student interested in basic science research. It is named for Professor Emeritus John Williams, who served as the first chair of the Department of Psychology, and Professor Emeritus Kathleen Kowal, a Cognitive Psychologist.

Michael Bradley Award

The Michael Bradley Award is awarded to a student interested in applied research and is named for Professor Emeritus Michael Bradley, a Developmental Psychologist.

Cape Fear Area Psychological Association Award

The Cape Fear Area Psychological Association Award is for basic science or applied research by a student interested in graduate work in applied areas such as one of the mental health professions.

SERVICE AWARDS

The Department of Psychology offers two service awards to celebrate individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to our department.  Descriptions and application procedures for these awards are included below.  Nominations for these awards will typically be made at the end of the Fall or Spring semester and recipients are recognized at department graduation ceremonies as well as on the Awards webpage.

Joseph Awkard Award

The Joseph Awkard Service Award is given to a member of Psi Chi who has provided a significant contribution to service. It is named for the late Professor Emeritus Joe Awkard who was the first advisor for UNCW's Psi Chi Chapter.  Nominations for the Joseph Awkard Service Award will be made by the UNCW's Psi Chi Chapter advisor.

Martha Jo Clemmons Award

The Martha Jo Clemmons Award is given to a student who works in the main office, or who has provided special service to the day-to-day operations of the department. It is named for Martha Jo Clemmons, a longtime administrative assistant who died in 2001 from cancer at the age of 56. Nominations for the Martha Jo Clemmons Award will be made by the Department of Psychology office staff.