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Psychonomic Society/Women in Cognitive Science Networking Award for Junior Scientists
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The 2020 Call for Submissions is now closed.

Submit all materials to by 5pm ET on September 21, 2020.

At this time of the pandemic when no travel is possible, it may seem odd to apply for a networking award, but we want to encourage all who are eligible to consider doing so if you meet the criteria. Despite the inability to meet in person, the virtual format of the 2020 meeting may provide some additional flexibility in connecting with others. And it is certainly no less important. Feel free to get in touch with questions and encourage all who are eligible to apply.

Questions? Contact Irene Kan, Chair, 2020 WiCS Networking Award Committee:


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 Networking Award for Junior Scientists. 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 senior scientists at the annual meeting.

Psychonomic Society and Women in Cognitive Science
Networking Awards for Junior Scientists
2020 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting  |  November 19-21, 2020
The 2020 submission deadline was September 21, 2020

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 2020 Meeting of the Psychonomic Society that will be held virtually from November 19-21, 2020.

At this time during a global pandemic, where there is no travel but exceptional pressures on remote productivity, we hope to fund awards at a level that will contribute to effective virtual networking. Awards will provide no less than $100 USD but potentially up to $500 USD, depending on the availability of funds.

Applicants must be:

  • A woman scientist of any nationality. Depending on the final availability of funds, there may be some networking awards that are restricted to particular locations.
  • A graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or assistant professor.
  • Presenting a talk or poster at the 2020 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting.

To apply, submit the following to the Networking Award Committee, and combine all four components into a single PDF.

  • Evidence of a submitted paper or poster abstract.
  • A networking plan. This plan should identify a senior scientist 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

Conflict of Interest

Applicants must not be current (or former, within the last 5 years) trainees of current members of the WiCS Advisory Board or of the current Networking Awards Committee.

Relevant Dates

Submit all materials at by 5 PM ET on September 21, 2020.

Awards will be announced on or around October 15, 2020. Winners will be honored at a ceremony at the 2020 Annual WiCS Meeting (Virtual) on Thursday, November 19 at 4:00pm ET, before the formal start of the Psychonomic Society meeting. Details regarding participation in the virtual format are forthcoming. 

Winners are required to submit a report on the meeting and networking experience. The deadline for submitting the final report is December 20, 2020. Reports should be submitted to

Decisions will be made by the WiCS Travel Awards Committee (Irene Kan, Chair, Villanova University, USA; Lisa Fazio, Vanderbilt University, USA; Holly Bowen, Southern Methodist University, USA; and Sara Davis, Skidmore College, USA).

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


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.

Networking Awards for Junior Scientists Recipients


Seema Prasad
University of Hyderabad, India

Yingxue Tian
Rice University, USA



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

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



Emma Holmes
University of Western Ontario, Canada 

Sarah Irons
Rice University, USA



Myrthe Faber
University of Notre Dame, USA 

Angela Grant
The Pennsylvania State University, USA



Holly Bowen
Boston College, USA

Sharda Umanath
Claremont McKenna College, USA

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