Department Awards for Undergraduates

You are here

Undergraduate Psychology Awards

The overall goal of these awards is to promote undergraduate research in psychology at Cornell. The award aims 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 family and the Rosevear family. 

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 (

The application deadline is January 15, 2021 and the award must spent during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

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.

Importantly, this award is only given to undergraduates who have already applied for the College Research Awards, including the Einhorn and Undergraduate Research awards. 

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 costs. 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. Costs for food/beverages will not be reimbursed.