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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 (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
2020 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting  |  Austin, Texas, USA  |  November 19-22, 2020
The 2020 submission deadline is August 24, 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, Austin, Texas, USA on November 19-22, 2020.

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 2020 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 24, 2020.

Awards will be announced on or around September 14, 2020 and the awards will be presented at a ceremony at the 2020 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting in Austin.

Winners are required to submit a report on the meeting and networking experience. The deadline for submitting the final report is December 14, 2020. 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


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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