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


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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application for the 2020 J. Frank Yates Student Travel Awards has been postponed. Stay tuned for further information.


  • All Student Members whose 2020 dues are paid by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 31 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 May 31.
  • 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 in good standing, even if the sponsor is an author on the poster.



The application deadline is May 31, 2020. Please submit applications for consideration by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee so awardees can plan to attend and be recognized at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Austin, Texas, USA.


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.


Questions may be directed to Member Services at or +1 847-375-3696.


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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