Funding

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Psychology Funding Opportunities

The Mary Whiton Calkins Undergraduate Award

The Mary Whiton Calkins Undergraduate Award is granted annually to an academically outstanding undergraduate student in psychology and philosophy while honouring Calkins’ remarkable achievements as a pioneer of psychology.

Mary Whiton Calkins, an early American psychologist and philosopher, was among the first generation of women to enter into psychology at the turn of the 20th century. Before 1900 graduate studies for women was unprecedented; women could not officially register at Harvard.

Calkins fought for access to Harvard’s seminars and laboratories and was eventually granted guest status. In 1895, despite fulfilling all requirements and being considered one of the most skilled students in her field, Harvard refused to grant a degree to Mary Whiton Calkins because she was a woman.

Inspired by the obstacles that Calkins’ faced in her education and career, a group of UBC psychology undergraduate students campaigned to establish an award in her name. The Mary Whiton Calkins Undergraduate Award recognizes and honours Calkins’ remarkable achievements as a pioneer of psychology.

Dr. Alan Kingstone, a professor in UBC’s department of psychology who worked with the students to establish the award says, “These students felt that founding the award was a significant first step in recognizing the groundwork Mary Whiton Calkins established in psychology and in gender equality.”

The students must major in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy; major in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology; or double major in both Psychology and Philosophy.

Eligibility is evaluated on grades and records from the student’s most recent 30 percentage-graded credits.

The students may only receive the award once and it must be in their graduating year.

Recipients are asked for a short submission about how they relate to Calkins’ story in their own lives.

Travel Funding

UBC students pursuing an undergraduate degree (BA or BSc) in Psychology are eligible for the Quinn Travel Award for Undergraduates, which is intended to encourage student participation in scholarly conferences and to expand the opportunities for consultation and collaboration.

Funding for this program is provided by an extraordinary gift to the department from the estate of a distinguished alumnus, Dr. Michael J. Quinn (1917-2005) and the anticipated award is $500 per trip.

Research Assistantships

If you’d like to gain research experience in an academic setting, there are two forms of assistantship awards available. Note: you may receive funding from only one of the programs below. Those eligible for the NSERC USRA should apply to that one first. Both awards offer a minimum salary of $5,740.

If you are interested in this award you must first contact a UBC Psychology faculty member with an active NSERC research grant.

If that individual agrees to nominate you for this award, both of you will have to complete and submit Form 202-part 1 and part 2 (USRA -Undergraduate Student Research Awards), to Jennifer Janicki, Associate Director, Undergraduate Program, along with an official copy of your transcript. The form and more information about NSERC can be found on their website www.nserc.ca. Only complete applications will be accepted. The deadline is the 3rd Friday in February.

Faculty with an active NSERC Research Grant:

  • Susan Birch
  • Alan Kingstone
  • Frances Chen
  • Darko Odic
  • Kalina Christoff
  • Catherine Rankin
  • Luke Clark
  • Jason Snyder
  • James Enns
  • Toni Schmader
  • Stan Floresco
  • Victoria Savalei
  • Liisa Galea
  • Kiran Soma
  • Peter Graf
  • Rebecca Todd
  • Geoff Hall
  • Lawrence Ward
  • Kiley Hamlin
  • Janet Werker
  • Todd Handy
  • Catherine Winstanley
  • Christiane Hoppmann
  • Jiaying Zhao

This funding is provided by a generous gift from the estate of a distinguished alumnus, Dr. Michael J. Quinn (1917-2005). Learn more about the award.

To be eligible to apply for an award you must have obtained at least the equivalent of a B+ (75% at UBC) cumulative average in previous university level course work.

To hold an award you must have completed the course requirements of at least two years of university study; have been registered full time in the term immediately before holding the award; not be receiving major funding from another award program; and not be pursuing a program of graduate studies.

If you are interested in this award you must first contact a UBC Psychology faculty member listed below. If the faculty member agrees to nominate you for this award, each of you must complete a Quinn Research Assistantship form [link to AIR site] (student and supervisor) and submit along with a copy of your transcript to Jennifer Janicki, Associate Director, Undergraduate Program. The deadline is the 3rd Friday in February.

Faculty:

  • Lynn Alden
  • E. David Klonsky
  • Andrew Baron
  • Kristin Laurin
  • Jeremy Biesanz
  • Joelle LeMoult
  • Susan Birch
  • Frances Chen
  • Amori Mikami
  • Luke Clark
  • Ara Norenzayan
  • Anita DeLongis
  • Del Paulhus
  • Elizabeth Dunn
  • Ron Rensink
  • Don Dutton
  • Victoria Savalei
  • Steven Heine
  • Mark Schaller
  • Paul Hewitt
  • Toni Schmader
  • Christiane Hoppmann
  • Jessica Tracy
  • Larry Walker
  • Sheila Woody