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J. Frank Yates Student Travel Award
Supporting diversity & inclusion in cognitive psychology



 Congratulations to our 2019 J. Frank Yates Student Travel Award Recipients


Alesha Bond
Georgia State University

Who's to Blame: Working memory, cognitive load, and victim race
Cristina Ceja
Northwestern University

Visual Imagination Shares Similar Capacity Limits with Visual Working Memory
Nafiseh Faghihi
Texas A&M University

A Rightward Directional Bias for Event Depiction in
Representational Drawings


University of Nevada,
Las Vegas

Novice versus Expert Algebraic Problem-Solving Strategies: An Eye Tracking Approach

Emily Martinez
Villanova University

Electrophysiological Measures of Speech Sound Encoding in Background Noise Reflect Accuracy
and Self-Reported Hearing Difficulty
Mercedes Villalonga
Brandeis University

Feeling (and Seeing) the Beat: Vibrotactile, Visual, and Bimodal Rate Perception


The Psychonomic Society annually gives up to six J. Frank Yates Student Travel Awards for graduate student members of the Society who are in underrepresented populations, including those who are disadvantaged or discriminated against in some way. Each Awardee will receive a travel stipend of $1,000 USD.

2019 Applications - CLOSED
Applications will be accepted in March 6, 2019 through the abstract management system.

The deadline was April 22, 2019.


  • All Student Members whose 2019 dues are paid by 12 p.m. EDT on April 22 are eligible to apply for the J. Frank Yates Student Travel Award.
  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of a poster submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.


Application Process

  • Applicants must submit a sponsored Psychonomic Society abstract AND an online application for the J. Frank Yates Student Travel Award by April 22.
  • Applications must include:
    • Research summary (1,000 words + figure + references) that includes how the research fits into the “big picture.”
    • Summary must be written by the applicant.
  • A letter of support from a sponsor, who must be a current Fellow of the Psychonomic Society, even if the sponsor is an author on the poster.



The deadline was April 22, 2019. Please submit applications for consideration by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee so awardees can plan to attend and be recognized during the Business Meeting at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Montréal, Québec, Canada.


Recipients Receive

  • Competitive Travel Award ($1,000 USD).
  • A ribbon which is placed on their poster during their poster session at the Annual Meeting.
  • A special notation in the Abstract Book indicating the honor.
  • Honor that can be listed on the student’s vita.
  • An invitation to attend the Diversity & Inclusion Reception at the Annual Meeting.


Process Overview

  • The Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, as well as two additional members of the Governing Board, are appointed by Chair of the Governing Board for a one-year term on the committee. The Chair of the committee will appoint four non-Governing Board members for staggered three-year terms.

  • The Diversity & Inclusion Committee members review each nomination and make their recommendation to the Chair, who forwards the list to the Governing Board for final approval.

  • Successful candidates are notified by the Society between six and eight weeks after the deadline.

  • Recipients are not eligible for the award in the following year’s competition.

  • Preference may be given to candidates who will be traveling from developing nations.


For questions or more information, please contact Member Services at or +1 608-441-1070 x163.


About J. Frank Yates

J. Frank YatesJ. Frank Yates’ current research activity includes judgment and decision processes (including special emphases on cross-cultural variations), decision aiding, judgment analysis, decision management, improving judgment accuracy (including via crowd sourcing), affective forecasting, and applications of cognitive psychology.



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