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Psychonomic Society/Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Award for Junior Scientists
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The Psychonomic Society and Women in Cognitive Science are pleased to announce a three year partnership on The Psychonomic Society and Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Award for Junior ScientistsTwo awards will be given to qualified candidates from any area of the Psychonomic Society who have had a presentation accepted at the annual meeting, to facilitate networking with two senior scientists at the annual meeting. Recipients will receive a $1,000 prize. Two additional awards are given by Women in Cognitive Science each year (funded by the National Science Foundation).


2017 Call for Nominations

 The Psychonomic Society and Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Awards for Junior Scientists
2017 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting
            Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
November 9-12, 2017


Presenting one’s research at professional meetings such as the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting is an important way for individuals to become known in the professional community and to develop collaborative relationships with other professionals in the field. Given the relatively short time frame of the tenure period, it is essential that individuals begin to appear at professional meetings early in their careers. Therefore, the purpose of this award is to provide funds for graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors to participate in and network at the 2017 Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 9-12, 2017.

Funds are available for up to 4 awards of $1,000 each.

Applicants must be:

  • A female scientist
  • A graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or assistant professor
  • Presenting a talk or poster at the 2016 Meeting of the Psychonomic Society

To apply, send the following to the Travel Award Committee:

  • Evidence of an accepted paper or poster.
  • A networking plan. This plan should identify one or two senior scientists with whom the applicant would network at the conference; although only female scientists are eligible for this award, the targeted senior scientist(s) can be either female or male. The plan should also include the specific goals to be accomplished with targeted scientist(s) (e.g., develop a collaboration, exchange research ideas, receive input on experiments, a grant proposal, or a manuscript), and should describe the relevance of this to the applicant's research program. The plan should be approximately two pages long (single- spaced, using a 12-point font).
  • Provide evidence of agreement from the networking target(s) to carry out the plan.
  • A current CV


Relevant Dates
Submit all materials at by 5 PM EDT on September 15, 2017.

Awards will be announced on or about: October 1, 2017 and the awards will be presented during the Opening Session of the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Winners are required to submit a report on the meeting and networking experience. The deadline for submitting the final report is December 8, 2017. Reports should be submitted to

Decisions will be made by the WICS Travel Awards Committee chaired by Dr. Natasha Tokowicz, University of Pittsburgh.

Funding for this program comes from the Perception, Action, and Cognition Program at NSF and the Psychonomic Society.

About PS
Founded in 1959, the Psychonomic Society is the home for scientists who study how the mind works. Members of the Society are experimental psychologists among whose numbers are some of the most distinguished researchers in the field. Many of us are concerned with the application of psychology to health, technology and education, and many of us use converging methods such as neuroscience and computational science to achieve our research goals. But what brings us together is that we study the basic fundamental properties of how the mind works by using behavioral techniques to better understand mental functioning. The Society and its members perform and promote the basic science of behavior in areas such as memory, learning, problem solving, action planning, language, and perception that connect with other fields of research.

About WICS
Women in Cognitive Science was founded in 2001, with the goal of improving the visibility of women scientists, by fostering an environment that welcomes and nurtures young women scholars who wish to contribute to the fields within Psychology and Cognitive Science that traditionally attract fewer women than men (e.g., cognitive science, experimental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience). Women in Cognitive Science also aims to contribute to the professional development of scholars throughout their career, to facilitate the creation of a network that will provide contacts and connections to other women in science, and to improve the visibility of women by ensuring their presence on policymaking committees and editorial boards.

Psychonomic Society and Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Award for Junior Scientists

2016 Recipients

Myrthe Faber
University of Notre Dame

 Dr. Myrthe Faber is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame (USA), working with Dr. Sidney D’Mello. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology (2016) from the University of York (United Kingdom), and holds an M.A. (Linguistics, 2011) and two B.A. degrees (Linguistics, 2008; Dutch Language & Culture, 2008) from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Dr. Faber’s main research interest is how we build mental representations of discourse and visual events. She is interested in how the structure of text and events influences attention allocation and memory encoding, and how this in turn affects higher-level cognitive processes such as learning and decision making.


Angela Grant
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Angela Grant is a Ph.D. candidate at The Pennsylvania State University, where she works with Dr. Ping Li investigating the role of cognitive control in second language acquisition. Before coming to Penn State, Angela received her B.A. in Psychology with honors from Bucknell University, where she was advised by Dr. Ruth Tincoff. Angela's research to date has investigated the relationship between linguistic and non-linguistic systems in second language learners and bilinguals, and she looks forward to expanding this line of research to incorporate effects of aging, specifically as applied to cognitive reserve


2015 Recipients

Holly Bowen
Boston College

 Dr. Holly Bowen is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Boston College, working with Dr. Elizabeth Knesinger. She received her M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in psychology from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, working with Dr. Julia Spaniol. Dr. Bowen's research focuses on how emotion and motivational states influence how we form memoirs, remember past experiences and how the links between emotion, motivation and memory change as we age.


Sharda Umanath
Claremont McKenna College

Dr. Sharda Umanath is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College. She earned her B.A. (2009) in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.A. (2012) and her Ph.D. (2014) in cognitive psychology from Duke University. During graduate school, she was advised and mentored by Dr. Elizabeth as well as Dr. David Rubin. She then did a one year post-doctoral research fellowship in aging and development at Washington University in St. Louis, working with Dr. Mark McDaniel, Dr. Dave Balota, and Dr. Henry L. Roediger, III. Dr. Umanath began her tenure as an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College in the Fall of 2015. Dr. Umanath's research interests primarily involve how prior knowledge can influence remembering. Her main line or research explores impacts of prior knowledge in healthy aging. She is also interested in the interplay between personal life stories and knowledge in the form of cultural life scripts in autobiographical memory as well as how general knowledge shapes and is shaped by national collective memories of the past.

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