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

The 2020 Call for Applications is now closed.


The Psychonomic Society annually gives up to twelve J. Frank Yates Student Conference Awards (previously 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 stipend of $1,000 USD.


  • All Student Members whose 2020 dues are paid by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 14, 2020 are eligible to apply for the J. Frank Yates Student Conference Award.
  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of a poster submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
  • Recipients of the 2019 J. Frank Yates Travel Award are not eligible for the award this year.

Application Process

  • Applicants must have submitted an abstract for the Psychonomic Society 2020 Annual Meeting;
  • Applicants must submit an online application for the J. Frank Yates Student Conference Award by September 14, 2020.
  • Applications must include 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.



CLOSED. The application deadline was September 14, 2020. Please submit applications for consideration by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee so awardees can plan to attend and be recognized at the fully virtual 2020 Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Award recipients will be notified approximately 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.


Recipients Receive

  • Competitive 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.


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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