Student Paper and Poster Awards

VAPS will issue up to four student awards per convention. One Best Poster award and one Best Paper award will be granted for both undergraduate and graduate student projects.The first author’s current status (undergraduate or graduate) will be used to determine for which award the project is eligible. Two judges will assess each project based on the quality of the introduction, method, data analysis, discussion, presentation, and overall quality/impact of the research. The highest mean score in each category will be given the award.  In the event of a tie, awards will be shared between the top presentations/posters.  Winners will be notified in writing after the convention. The committee reserves the right not to issue an award in any category for which there are fewer than five (5) entries.

Frederick B. Rowe Award for the Best Undergraduate Paper

Sponsored by Virginia Association for Psychological Science

Funded by the Virginia Psychological Foundation

Frederick B. Rowe earned his Ph.D. in experimental and counseling psychology at the University of Maryland and was a member of the psychology faculty at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1986. Fred was one of the earliest members of the Virginia Psychological Association and an active member for decades. He served as VPA President in 1983. Fred was the driving force behind the creation of the Virginia Psychological Foundation, which continues to provide financial support to promote the science and practice of psychology in Virginia, and served as President of VPF from 1984 to 1991.

Frank Finger Award for the Best Graduate Paper

Sponsored by the Virginia Association for Psychological Science

Funded by the Virginia Psychological Foundation

Frank Whitney Finger received his doctorate from Brown University in 1940 and served on the psychology faulty of the University of Virginia from 1942 until his retirement in 1985. He also was a consultant for several Federal agencies and professional journals. Frank was active in organizing and founding the Virginia Psychological Association in 1956, served as VPA President in 1961, and authored a history of VPA (in A History of Psychology in Virginia, 1992). (Source: http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=uva-sc/viu03547.xml)

Meredith Green Best Undergraduate Poster Award

Sponsored by the Virginia Association for Psychological Science

Funded by the Virginia Psychological Foundation

Meredith Wilkinson Green was a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Winchester, Virginia. She received her doctorate from Columbia University and worked at the Medical College of Virginia as well as the Mayo Clinic in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. She was the first Executive Officer of the Virginia Psychological Association and served in that position for several decades until her retirement in 1990. She also was a founding Director of the Virginia Psychological Foundation. In 1988, she was recognized by VPA and VPF for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology in Virginia and as Virginia’s “First Lady of Psychology.”

William Applegate Award for the Best Graduate Poster

Sponsored and funded by the Virginia Association for Psychological Science

William Applegate was a practicing industrial/organizational psychologist. He was a founding member of the Virginia Applied Psychology Academy in 1986 and served as its first Secretary-Treasurer. He later served as President of VAPA and authored a history of the academy (in A History of Psychology in Virginia, 1992).

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