Psychology

Jonas Clark Hall, home of psychology at Clar

Undergraduate Research Funding and Awards

Research Funding Awards

The Herman A. Witkin Memorial Fellowship was established by Dr. Evelyn Witkin in memory of her husband, Herman A. Witkin, a distinguished psychologist who was internationally known for his programmatic work on cognitive style, and is awarded to an inspired, innovative, and extraordinary undergraduate student for his or her pursuit of research in psychology. The recipient of the Witkin Fellowship is selected through an application process in the spring of junior year and receives a stipend of up to $1,000 to fund an independent research project to be undertaken with a faculty member in their senior year.

The Simon and Eve Colin Award for Undergraduate Creativity in Psychology is presented annually to a rising senior psychology major. The award is given by the Colin family in recognition of the many values associated with active undergraduate participation in research. The recipient of the Colin Award is selected through an application process in the spring of junior year, and receives a stipend of up to $2,500 to fund an independent research project to be undertaken with a faculty member in their senior year.

Commencement Awards

The Lee Gurel/John E. Bell Endowed Student/Faculty Achievement Award was established by Lee Gurel, Class of ’48, in honor of Professor John Elderkin Bell, a former clinical psychologist in Clark’s Psychology Department and a pioneer in the field of family therapy. The award provides a $1,000 prize at Commencement to an outstanding senior psychology major, as well as an additional $1,000 prize to the Clark faculty member identified by the student as most influential in his or her academic development.

Outstanding Undergraduates in Psychology are those seniors chosen by the department each year who excelled in their major, as well as in their involvement at Clark and in the community.

Recent Award Recipients

Herman A. Witkin Memorial Fellowship

2016
Fatima Zavala Ruiz           (Andrew Stewart, faculty sponsor)

2015
Eliana Hadjiandreou          (Seana Moran, faculty sponsor)

2014
Olivia Vande Griek           (Laura McKee, faculty sponsor)

Simon and Eve Colin Award for Undergraduate Creativity in Psychology

2016
Themal Ellawala               (Abbie Goldberg, faculty sponsor)

2015
Samuel V. Highland         (Kathleen Palm Reed, faculty sponsor)

2014
Naysha Shahid                (Esteban Cardemil, faculty sponsor)

Lee Gurel/John E. Bell Endowed Student/Faculty Achievement Award

2016
Samuel V. Highland         (Kathleen Palm Reed, faculty recipient)

2015
Brianna Valois                 (Michael Bamberg, faculty recipient)

2014
Kevin R. Carriere             (Jaan Valsiner, faculty recipient)

Outstanding Undergraduates in Psychology

Class of 2016
Eli Berkowitz
Emma Goldblum
Keke Kaikhosroshvili
Meghan Reilly

Class of 2015
Lindsay Clayson
Rachel Kent
Natasha Orzeck-Byrnes
Olivia Vande Griek

Class of 2014
Allison S. Fichtelberg
Matthew B. Grossman
Lauren G. Koppel
Ceylan I. Oymak