The department of Psychology and Miami University offer multiple competitive awards to support our students and their research.
Doctoral Undergraduate Opportunity Scholarships (DUOS)
The DUOS program aims to heighten the synergy between graduate and undergraduate research at Miami University. The undergraduate student and graduate student will work together on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in a Ph.D. granting department. Either the undergraduate or graduate student may initiate the application, but the undergraduate student is to have primary authorship of the project.
DUOS Program is open to any undergraduate student and any post-master’s doctoral student in good standing who agree to abide by program requirements.
The selection committee MAY provide funding for up to 11 awards which will be announced via email in late early December. Each project may receive up to $1,000 total. Awardees must budget 75% of funds to be used in direct support of the research project. The remaining 25% of the funds ($250.) may be used for dissemination of research results (i.e. publication costs or for conference attendance. The award amount includes $100 per awardee for participation in the required mentor/mentee training.
Graduate Students’ Achievement Fund
The Graduate Students' Achievement Award is intended to recognize significant achievement in any research or creative activity by full and part-time graduate students making satisfactory progress in their degree program. Graduate Students recognized for their achievement will be listed on the GSA website.
Achievement is specifically defined, for purposes of this award, as a completed piece of research or other creative activity that has been recognized by some external (to the home department) organization or selected by the academic department for regional or national presentation (in fields where the accepted standard is departmental selection). A completed piece of research means that the presentation has already occurred or is in the process of being published. Examples include:
- A graduate student has a paper accepted at a professional meeting. The professional organization has a formal review process and does not accept all papers submitted.
- A graduate student is specifically invited to display art works at an exhibit at another university.
- A graduate student has a paper accepted for publication in a professional periodical. There is a formal review process with some selectivity involved.
GSA applications require materials from student applicants and major professors. Please review requested information for both these application components at Graduate Student Achievement Award Application Materials.
In a single email, nominating major professors should send attached materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dissertation Scholar is a 9-month appointment awarded annually to an advanced doctoral student, determined by faculty vote. Faculty votes should be informed by the evaluation rubric provided below. The Dissertation Scholar is expected to have a strong record of past scholarship, a compelling nomination letter from the nominee’s mentor, and an outstanding dissertation research proposal for the award period.
Applications should be initiated and submitted by the student’s doctoral mentor (advisor) and should include:
- A nomination letter (two pages maximum, single-spaced, 11 point or larger font, margins no smaller than 1 inch) documenting the nominee’s merits. Mentors should comment on:
- The nominee’s skills and qualifications to accomplish the dissertation project.
- Evidence of past publication success (e.g., publication metrics, citation counts). Because different subfields can have different norms (e.g., publication rates, journal impact, author ordering, etc.), the advisor’s letter should situate the nominee’s record in the context of the nominee’s research area.
- Evidence of scholarly independence.
- Evidence of expertise on the topic of study (e.g., class success, awards, training).
- The nominee’s current vita.
- A proposal written by the nominee (one page maximum, single-spaced, 11 point or larger font, margins no smaller than 1 inch), which addresses the nominee’s dissertation plan and how the award will facilitate its completion. These proposals will be evaluated on:
- Synthesis of relevant literature.
- Clearly defined hypotheses that are well situated in the context of the research area.
- The project’s design being appropriate and described in terms that are accessible to readers outside the nominee’s area.
- The potential impact, implications, and importance of the project.
- Overall clear and accessible communication.
All supporting documents (i.e., faculty member letter of support, nominee’s CV, the nominee’s essay) should be sent as a single PDF attachment by email to email@example.com.
Please make sure the email subject line reads (this subject line is important to ensure the nomination is considered): Dissertation Scholar nomination.
Faculty Dissertation Scholar Application Rubric
Dissertation Scholar nominations should be evaluated based on the rubric below (which has been used in previous years). ltems 1-6 should be evaluated based on the Nominee’s proposal document. Items 7-10 should be evaluated based on the Mentor’s nomination letter and the Nominee’s CV. Each item should be evaluated using a scale ranging from 1 (absent or poorly defined) to 7 (exceptional or expertly defined):
- Nominee synthesizes literature motivating the proposed project.
- Nominee’s hypotheses are clearly defined and situated within the context of relevant literature.
- The project’s design is described in a way that is accessible to readers outside of the nominee’s area.
- The project’s design is appropriate for the central research question and resultant research hypotheses.
- The nominee highlights the potential impact, implications, and importance of the project.
- Overall, the proposal is communicated in a clear and accessible manner.
Nomination Letter and CV Items
- The nominee’s skills and qualifications for successfully executing the project are evident.
- The nominee’s scholarly record shows evidence of publication success appropriate for the applicant’s area of study (e.g., prestigious journal acceptance, publication metrics, citation counts).
- The nominee has demonstrated a capacity for scholarly independence.
- Broadly defined, the nominee has demonstrated excellence in the area of study (e.g., class success, awards, funding, additional training).
McNair Graduate Assistantship Program
To attract current undergraduate McNair Scholars and McNair Alums to Miami's graduate programs, with the goal to increase the number of diverse domestic students completing graduate study at Miami University.
The McNair Graduate Assistantship Program provides a Graduate School funded stipend and tuition waiver for one academic semester per year for either two years for master's students or three years for doctoral students.
During the student's program, they will also be provided an additional Graduate School funded Research Assistantship for either one semester for master's students or two semesters for doctoral students. This will result in either three semesters or five semesters of Graduate School funded support for master's or doctoral students, respectively (with departments providing the remaining stipend and tuition waiver for the duration of the student's tenure in the graduate program).
Marjorie Post Farrington Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time graduate student in any area of study. The award is based primarily on merit and secondarily on financial need. Financial need must be established and the student must be eligible to file the FAFSA.
The student who is selected may also be appointed to a graduate assistantship or teaching associateship, no service responsibilities will be required of the recipient. Selection is made by the Graduate Council Student Financial Aid Committee.
Patrick J. Capretta Memorial Scholarship
The Capretta Scholarship is awarded to graduate students for research accomplishments completed at Miami University. Graduate students who have completed their master’s thesis and have not previously received the Capretta Scholarship are eligible to be nominated.
Nominations due by (TBA), with prizes awarded no later than the Hinkle Poster Session.
Nominations initiated by psychology faculty or students (self or peer) should include:
- A single letter of support from a psychology faculty member documenting the merit of the nominee’s work on a specific research project. This letter can contain comments from multiple faculty members, but they should all address the same, singular project. This letter cannot exceed two pages (11 point font or larger, 1 inch margins or larger).
- An essay written by the nominee (1 page maximum, 11 point font and 1 inch margins) that addresses the nominee’s work related to a single research project that best embodies the student’s research scholarship in psychology. Data must be collected and analyzed for scholarship consideration (i.e., the essay cannot describe planned or incomplete work).
Successful applications will effectively demonstrate nominee effectiveness in all three of these qualities:
- The project’s merit.
- The project’s dissemination to the public or scientific community (e.g., evidence of publication in a peer-reviewed publication, conference presentations, or dissemination to relevant audiences).
- Evidence of the student’s experience in the project involving collaborations with graduate peers and faculty members, as well as mentoring undergraduates in psychology research.
All supporting documents (i.e., faculty member letter of support, the nominee’s essay) should be sent as a single PDF attachment by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make sure the email subject line reads (this subject line is important to ensure the nomination is considered): Capretta Nomination.
Each of the three areas of the department (i.e., BCD, Clinical, Social) will be asked to identify a top nominee. Other scholarships that might be awarded, at the discretion of the Chair of the Department of Psychology, will be based on faculty voting in mid-April, applying the three criteria listed above.
Smith Promise Award
APF COGDOP Award
APF awards up to 21 scholarships (see website), ranging from $2K to $5K, based on quality of research proposal (clarity, import), with secondary criteria for student's background and past accomplishments.
Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. Each graduate department of psychology that is a member of COGDOP may submit nominations, and because Miami has fewer than 100 graduate students, it may only nominate one candidate for consideration.
If you wish to nominate a student, please notify the Chair of the Department of Psychology by email by May 1 at the latest.