Academic Honors and Awards

This is an overview of various achievements. Click on each for more information.


The STP IRA will be presented annually to enable recipients to complete substantive instructional research projects related to the teaching of psychology that will create resources suitable for posting on OTRP-Online or, if an empirical study, for publication in Teaching of Psychology or a SoTL journal. Proposals may be general in focus or specific to a particular psychology course or student population. Research may be empirical (e.g., an investigation to determine which strategies are most successful in preventing cheating), experiential (e.g. a critical summary and evaluation of time-tested methods of assessing learning in child development courses), or reviews of the literature on new topics in psychology (e.g., producing an annotated bibliography of readings or Internet resources in cross-cultural psychology). Proposals to create internet sites will not be funded unless the posted resource captures the same information in a print-friendly file (.doc, .pdf, .rtf); given its mission to provide readers with high quality, peer-reviewed materials, OTRP will not link to outside Internet sources because they cannot be monitored continuously. The average IRA funding rate in the last 5 years is 38%.

Post Doctoral

The postdoctoral fellowship is intended for scholars who have been awarded the Ph.D. or M.F.A. no later than the beginning of the fellowship year and no earlier than five years before the beginning of the fellowship year. Postdoctoral fellows will receive compensation commensurate with the salary of a full-time, one-year faculty member with comparable qualifications. Modest funds could be made available to finance proposed research, mentoring of teaching, and scholarship. The funds allocated for these activities will be subject to the usual institutional procedures. Postdoctoral fellowship recipients will be expected to teach up to 60% of a full-time faculty's course load at a host institution, participate in departmental seminars, and interact regularly with students.


This award is given to a neuroscience graduate student for the best primary research article within the past year. The graduate student must be the 1st author (or joint 1st author) on the publication, and the article must be published or accepted for publication at the time of nomination. Articles submitted for this award should come from the graduate student, and the nominated articles will be evaluated by a committee of three faculty members. My paper on on-line assessments of hippocampal contributions to referential processing won. The award comes with a $500 fellowship.
The Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) selects abstracts that are deemed the best in terms of merit of research and clarity of presentation. This award comes with a $500 fellowship.
The Obermann Center selects one fellow from the previous years Graduate Institute Fellows to help lead and organize the following year's Institute. This award comes with a $1500 fellowship.
Faculty members are nominated by their students for this award.
The Graduate Institute is a one-week interdisciplinary institute in which UI graduate students explore how public engagement can enhance teaching, research and creative work. I proposed my work with individuals with TBI. This award comes with a $500 fellowship.
The University of Iowa Neuroscience Service Award is given to the student who has displayed exemplary efforts in service to the Neuroscience Program in the previous year. This award comes with a $200 fellowship.
TAs are awarded a scholarship for their services. This award comes with a $7500 fellowship towards tuition.
The American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) awards the RMPTA to provide mentoring experience to students who show promise as emerging scientists. This award comes with a $750 fellowship.
The Clinical Aphasiology Conference (CAC) with support from the NIDCD hosts a Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology which allows students to engage in a number of opportunities at the conference. This award comes with a $1500 fellowship.
This award is given to the student with the best poster and poster presentation made during Brain Awareness Week. This award comes with a $300 fellowship.
Students in the early years of training may be appointed to the Neuroscience Training Grant (T32). Such appointments are based on merit, and thus are considered honorific. This fellowship comes with a $25000 fellowship per annum.


The Donald G. Paterson Award is given to the outstanding college senior planning a career in psychology.
St. Olaf offers a number of competitive merit based scholarships.
St. Olaf offers a number of competitive merit based scholarships.
St. Olaf offers a number of competitive merit based scholarships.
St. Olaf recognizes achievement and scholarship of its students.