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Rosenberg Research Award

The Rosenberg Research Award provides a stipend to a psychology student who is engaged in research that is developmental in nature (either directly or indirectly). In order to be eligible for the Award students must have a Psychology GPA of 3.5 or above and have completed both Psychological Statistics and Research Methods. The research idea must be independently proposed by the student or could be related to a faculty member's research, but may not be the faculty member's research. Procedures for applying for the award are described below. The application cover sheet is available in the Psychology Office (Moyer 227) or you may download the .doc file at this link. Submit a hard copy of your completed application to the Chair of the Research Award Committee, Dr. Stefanie Sinno.

The deadline for applications is announced each year, or you may check with Dr. Sinno.  The date is typically early to mid- April.

Application Procedures:

  1. Discuss research idea with faculty sponsor
  2. Complete application cover sheet. The application cover sheet is available in the Psychology Office (Moyer 227) or you may download the .doc file at this link.
  3. Complete brief review of literature and provide clear description of project, including proposed methods
  4. Provide a timeline for completion of portions of the project, including when IRB application will be submitted, when the literature search will be complete, when data collection will be complete, when data analysis will be complete
  5. Provide a letter from the faculty sponsor indicating that you are capable of completing the project and that the project is feasible and significant
  6. Submit your completed application to the Chair of the Research Award Committee, Dr. Stefanie Sinno.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of members of the Psychology Department and the decision will be based on the following criteria:

  1. All items listed above are included in application packet
  2. Preference will be given to projects which show the connection to developmental psychology
  3. The students relevant course background and prior research experience
  4. The faculty sponsor letter shows clear confidence in the student

The student who is awarded the Rosenberg Research Award, with their faculty sponsor, will choose two other faculty members (who may come from outside the Psychology Department) to serve on their review committee as the project progresses. At the end of the second semester of the project, the student must give an oral defense of their project to the community (the Psychology Department and interested others) and well as the donor of the provided stipend.

Previous Award RecipientsSam Busa and Dr. Rosenberg in Spring 2011

        • 2012-2013 Melanie Franklin: The Sound of Music: The Effects of Music on Mood and Cognitive Abilities of Kindergarten Students
        • 2011-2012 Julie Klein: Perceptions of Homelessness: The Impact of Perceiver Characteristics and Belief Systems on Stigma and Intended Behavior
        • 2010-2011 Samantha Busa: Perceptions of White and Black Children with Autism versus Asperger's Diagnoses.
        • 2009-2010 Samantha Silverberg: The Influence of the Protestant Work Ethic on Children's Reasoning about Distributive Justice.
        • 2008-2009 Erica Cohen: The Prevalence of Selective Use: Patterns of Stimulant Medication Use among Undergraduates with an ADHD diagnosis.