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Psychonomic Society/Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Award for Junior Scientists
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2018 Award Recipients

Cynthia S.Q. Siew Trish L. Varao-Sousa

Cynthia S.Q. Siew
University of Warwick,
United Kingdom

Investigating the Influence of
Orthographic and Phonological
Similarity Structure of Language
Networks on Visual Word
Recognition: Insights From
Megastudies (4050)

Trish L. Varao-Sousa
University of British
Columbia, Canada

Learning From
Online Lectures (4242)

The Psychonomic Society and Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS) 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).

Psychonomic Society and Women in Cognitive Science Travel and Networking Awards for Junior Scientists
2018 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting  |  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA  |  November 15-18, 2018
The 2018 submission deadline was August 15, 2018

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 2018 Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on November 15-18, 2018.

Funds are available for up to 5 awards of $1,000 each.

Applicants must be:

  • A woman scientist of any nationality
  • A graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or assistant professor
  • Presenting a talk or poster at the 2018 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting

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 preferably two senior scientists with whom the applicant would network at the conference; although only women scientists are eligible for this award, the targeted senior scientist(s) can be of any gender. 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 2 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 ET on August 15, 2018.

Awards will be announced on or around September 15, 2018 and the awards will be presented at a ceremony at the 2018 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Winners are required to submit a report on the meeting and networking experience. The deadline for submitting the final report is December 15, 2018. Reports should be submitted to

Decisions will be made by the WiCS Travel Awards Committee (Penny Pexman, Chair, University of Calgary, Angela Gutchess, Brandeis University, and Laura Thomas, North Dakota State University).

Funding for this program comes from the Perception, Action, and Cognition Program at the National Science Foundation, the Psychonomic Society, and the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science (APA Division 3).


About Women in Cognitive Science (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.

Travel and Networking Awards for Junior Scientists Recipients


Emma Holmes
University of Western Ontario, Canada 

Emma HolmesEmma Holmes is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Western Ontario (Canada), working with Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology (2016) from the University of York (U.K.). Her research investigates how prior knowledge can help listeners to understand speech in challenging listening environments, such as when several talkers speak at the same time.


Sarah Irons
Rice University, USA

Sarah IronsSarah Irons is a 2nd year graduate student at Rice University working with Dr. Simon Fischer-Baum. She received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana (2016). Her research interests include using phonetic measurement to understand cognitive processes in speech production and reading, computational cognitive neuropsychology and sociolinguistics.



Myrthe Faber
University of Notre Dame, USA

Myrthe FaberMyrthe Faber is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame, USA, working with Sidney D’Mello. She received her PhD in psychology (2016) from the University of York, United Kingdom, and holds an MA (Linguistics, 2011) and two BA degrees (Linguistics, 2008; Dutch Language & Culture, 2008) from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Myrthe’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, USA

Angela GrantAngela Grant is a PhD candidate at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, where she works with Ping Li investigating the role of cognitive control in second language acquisition. Before coming to Penn State, Angela received her BA in psychology with honors from Bucknell University, where she was advised by 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.



Holly Bowen
Boston College, USA

Holly BowenHolly Bowen is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Boston College, working with Elizabeth Knesinger. She received her MA (2009) and PhD (2013) in psychology from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, working with Julia Spaniol. Holly'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, USA

Sharda UmanathSharda Umanath is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College, USA. She earned her BA (2009) in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and her MA (2012) and her PhD (2014) in cognitive psychology from Duke University. During graduate school, she was advised and mentored by Elizabeth Marsh as well as David Rubin. She then did a one year post-doctoral research fellowship in aging and development at Washington University in St. Louis, working with Mark McDaniel, Dave Balota, and Henry L. Roediger, III. Sharda began her tenure as an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College, USA in the Fall of 2015. Sharda's research interests primarily involve how prior knowledge can influence remembering. Her main line of 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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