Psychology

Jonas Clark Hall, home of psychology at Clar

Undergraduate Research Funding and Awards

Research Funding Awards

The Herman A. Witkin Memorial Fellowship was established by Dr. Evelyn Witkin in memory of her husband, Herman A. Witkin, a distinguished psychologist who was internationally known for his programmatic work on cognitive style, and is awarded to an inspired, innovative, and extraordinary undergraduate student for his or her pursuit of research in psychology. The recipient of the Witkin Fellowship is selected through an application process in the spring of junior year and receives a stipend of up to $1,000 to fund an independent research project to be undertaken with a faculty member in their senior year.

The Simon and Eve Colin Award for Undergraduate Creativity in Psychology is presented annually to a rising senior psychology major. The award is given by the Colin family in recognition of the many values associated with active undergraduate participation in research. The recipient of the Colin Award is selected through an application process in the spring of junior year, and receives a stipend of up to $2,500 to fund an independent research project to be undertaken with a faculty member in their senior year.

Commencement Awards

The Lee Gurel/John E. Bell Endowed Student/Faculty Achievement Award was established by Lee Gurel, Class of ’48, in honor of Professor John Elderkin Bell, a former clinical psychologist in Clark’s Psychology Department and a pioneer in the field of family therapy. The award provides a $1,000 prize at Commencement to an outstanding senior psychology major, as well as an additional $1,000 prize to the Clark faculty member identified by the student as most influential in his or her academic development.

Outstanding Undergraduates in Psychology are those seniors chosen by the department each year who excelled in their major, as well as in their involvement at Clark and in the community. Certificates are presented to the recipients at the Honors Convocation prior to Commencement.

Recent Award Recipients

Herman A. Witkin Memorial Fellowship

2013
Ceylan Oymak              (Johanna Vollhardt, faculty sponsor)
Matthew Thompson       (Esteban Cardemil, faculty sponsor)

2012
Anna Voremberg           (Laura McKee, faculty sponsor)

2011
Lindsay Labrecque         (James Cordova, faculty sponsor)

Simon and Eve Colin Award for Undergraduate Creativity in Psychology

2013
Matthew Grossman        (James Cordova, faculty sponsor)

2012
Kulani Panapitiya Dias    (Johanna Vollhardt, faculty sponsor)

2011
Shayl Griffith                  (Wendy Grolnick, faculty sponsor)
Aleksandra Kaszowska    (Jaan Valsiner, faculty sponsor)

Lee Gurel/John E. Bell Endowed Student/Faculty Achievement Award

2013
Alisa Zeliger                   (Marianne Wiser, faculty recipient)

2012
Shayl Griffith                  (Wendy Grolnick, faculty recipient)

2011
Kenneth R. Cabell           (Jaan Valsiner, faculty recipient)

Outstanding Undergraduates in Psychology

Class of 2013
Kulani Panapitiya Dias
Franklin Eneh
Olivia McGill
Margaret Nicholson

Class of 2012
Stephanee Germaine
Aleksandra Kaszowska
Natalia Jaramillo Vasquez
Lindsay Labrecque

Class of 2011
Jena Bastardo
Nicole Bates
Victoria Goldberg
Lisa Taylor