Department Awards for Undergraduates

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Undergraduate Psychology Awards

The overall goal of these awards is to promote undergraduate research in psychology at Cornell. Our awards aim to provide funds to help motivated and talented undergraduate students undertake independent empirical work and take part in the dissemination of the work via attendance at national conferences. Although students from all majors/minors are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to psych majors and minors.

This 2020-2021 year, the funds are generously provided by the Halpern and Rosevear families.

Individual awards can be requested up to a maximum of $500 for the purposes of research support or attendance at conferences. More information on each award and purpose is provided below. 

Undergraduate students will need to download, complete and submit a nomination form. For each nominated undergraduate, a Psychology department faculty member must send a brief statement of support for each student, including the amount and purpose of the award. Please send all materials to Department Chair David Field ( and Lisa Proper (

Students may apply for these awards between Sept. 1 and April 30. Funds must be spent during the 2020 -2021 academic year.

Importantly, these awards are only given to undergraduates who have already applied for the College Research Awards, including the Einhorn and Undergraduate Research awards. For more information about theses awards and other undergraduate research opportunities at the College level, please visit

The Cornell Psychology Undergraduate Research Award: 

Research funds can be used for participant payments, equipment, or other approved research related expenses. Awardees will work with staff in the Psychology Department to process their research awards and will be responsible for a business purpose, IRB information, and/or participant payment logs, depending on the purpose of the award.  In most cases, the department will purchase the research items directly for the students.

The Cornell Psychology Undergraduate Travel Award: 

Travel funds can be used for research-related conference expenses, such as hotel costs, conference registration costs, and travel expenses. Due to the current COVID19 Travel Advisory, only virtual conferences will be supported at this time. Awardees will need to submit receipts for all expenses for reimbursement. Awardees can discuss the possibility of having the department pay directly for conference fees and should consult with Psychology Department staff before booking travel/registering for conferences. Costs for food/beverages will not be reimbursed. This year we are making a special exception to help support virtual conference attendance for our undergraduates  - if your request is under $100 you may apply for this department award without applying for a college-level award first.