Graduate Student Awards

In the early spring of each year, the Director of Graduate Studies solicits faculty nominations for the following endowed student awards:

This award is made annually to an outstanding graduate student in the Department of Psychology (or a student who has earned the PhD within the year). It has had various names in the past, but beginning in 2004 was named for Richard Morrell, a talented clinical graduate student, who died tragically in an airplane crash in Africa in 2003. The original memorandum of understanding stated, “In the spirit of Richard Morrell, awardees must exemplify breadth in their development as psychologists. It is expected that awardees will have excelled in their professional development, teaching, and service, appropriate to their level, as these matters are understood by the University and defined by the Department of Psychology’s promotion and tenure manual.” This award is now funded by the inclusive Department of Psychology Graduate Student Endowed Award Fund.
This award is made annually to a graduate student (or students) showing outstanding potential in psychotherapy as well as financial need. John Warkentin was a psychiatrist in Atlanta who died in 1983; both Dr. Warkentin and his wife, who was a clinical psychologist, were strong supporters of the psychotherapy program in the 1970s. The clinical Program recommends the recipient.  This award is now funded by the inclusive Department of Psychology Graduate Student Endowed Award Fund.
This award is made annually to a graduate student who has shown outstanding development and ability in the use of statistics in psychology; it may not be awarded every year. It was first awarded in 2001. The original memorandum of understanding stated, “The awardee must be a Ph.D. student enrolled in the Department of Psychology who has not only excelled in courses in statistics but has also embraced the quantitative analysis of data with understanding and verve.” It is named for Percival Rogers Bakeman (1882–1932), a graduate of Brown University, who was regarded as something of a polymath; he was a professor at Shanghai College, where he distinguished himself as the only American to lecture routinely in Chinese. This award is now funded by the inclusive Department of Psychology Graduate Student Endowed Award Fund.
This award is made annually to a graduate student who has been an outstanding instructor in the Department of Psychology. Beginning in 2006 it will be named for Walter F. Daves, a professor in the department from 1966–1997 and chair 1989–1994. This award is now funded by the inclusive Department of Psychology Graduate Student Endowed Award Fund.
This fellowship is usually awarded to a first-year graduate student who has excelled in the tasks expected of first-year graduate students, including coursework, individual research and scholarship, and departmental service. It was first awarded for the 2004–2005 academic year. Per the original memo of understanding, Bailey M. Wade Fellowships are awarded to support graduate students who demonstrate need, merit, and career goals in keeping with those manifest in the life of Dr. Bailey M. Wade during his life and tenure with the Department of Psychology (Bailey M. Wade was the first chair of the department). Previously, several small awards had been made annually but in 2004 the estate of Bailey Wade’s widow augmented the fund, making it possible to award a more substantial fellowship.

Bailey M. Wade (1902-1981), for whom the Bailey M. Wade Memorial Scholarship is named, was on the faculty at Georgia State from 1947 until his retirement in 1968. When he joined the faculty in 1947, he was an associate professor and resident assistant to the head of the department. At that time, the head of the department was A. S. Edwards, who was concurrently the head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. Subsequently, Wade became a professor and head of the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University, a position that he retained from 1951 until 1965, when the graduate program was started. After earning his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Georgia Peabody College for Teachers, Wade was on the faculty of several colleges prior to joining Georgia State University. After Wade died, the members of the Warner Hill Sunday School Class at St Mark United Methodist Church established the Bailey M. Wade Memorial Scholarship. Later, Ethel Wade, Bailey Wade's widow, contributed to the scholarship fund. (Information supplied by James Pate, February 2006.)

This fellowship was awarded for the first time in 2006. It is awarded to students whose program of study prepares them to provide specialized assistance to people who have experienced traumatic events (e.g., physical and/or sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, terrorism, or war).
The recipient may be either an undergraduate or graduate student, majoring in psychology or a related discipline, who is traveling to do research or study in a country the student has not yet visited. Preference will be given to a student for whom the trip is a first journey abroad. The Chair of Department of Psychology or her/his designee shall determine the criteria, amount, and number of awards.
This will be awarded for the first time in 2013. This award will be made annually to a graduate student who has been an outstanding researcher in the Department of Psychology. This award is funded by the inclusive Department of Psychology Graduate Student Endowed Award Fund.