In the fall semester each year, the Director(s) 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 Ph.D. 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 scholarship was first awarded for the 2004–2005 academic year. Per the original memo of understanding, Bailey M. Wade Memorial Fellowship is awarded to support graduate students who demonstrate need, merit, and career goals in keeping with those manifested 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 more substantial fellowships.
Bailey M. Wade (1902-1981), for whom the Bailey M. Wade Fellowship 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 Award. Later, Ethel Wade, Bailey Wade's widow, contributed to the fellowship fund. (Information supplied by James Pate, February 2006.)
Bailey M. Wade Memorial Scholarship – First Year Award
This scholarship is 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. First-year graduate students are nominated the fall after their first year (i.e., students from the 2021 incoming class can be nominated this year). Developmental level will be considered when selecting an awardee (i.e., we will consider whether the thesis and courses were waived). Works completed during the first year at GSU will be prioritized.
Bailey M. Wade Memorial Scholarship – Diversity Award
This scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2020 to recognize outstanding accomplishments and general impact in at least one of the following areas related to diversity and inclusion. This award may be given for breadth across these three areas or depth in one of these areas.
(1) Teaching: Development and implementation of effective strategies for teaching that advance the educational experiences of students from underrepresented groups in the classroom, research labs (including mentoring activities), office hours, or other academic settings. This includes attention to course content as well as instructional practices.
(2) Research: Engagement in research endeavors that 1) advance our understanding of practices that improve diversity, inclusion, and equity, 2) enhance our understanding of factors that influence the experiences and outcomes of members of underrepresented groups, 3) attend to issues of inequity with a focus on raising awareness or intervening to reduce inequity, or 4) encourage undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to conduct research.
(3) Service/Outreach: Activities that promote the professional and/or academic advancement of members of underrepresented groups; activities geared at engaging and supporting members of underrepresented groups in the department, institution, Atlanta community and beyond.
Bailey M. Wade Memorial Scholarship – Significant Contribution Award. ***New award in 2022
This scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2022 to a graduate student in their 3rd year or beyond who has made a meaningful contribution to our department, university, community, or professional field. The contribution can take many forms, for example an impactful scholarly work, service to our department or profession, policy work, or community outreach. The nomination letter should focus on a single significant contribution rather than the breadth of the student’s achievements. The selection of the awardee will be based on the impact and importance of the single contribution. We particularly encourage nominations of students in their 3rd and 4th years in the program.
Bailey M. Wade Memorial Scholarship – Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
This award is made annually to a graduate student who has been an outstanding researcher in the Department of Psychology. This was awarded for the first time in 2013 from the Department of Psychology Graduate Student Endowed Award Fund. In 2022 funding for this award was moved to the Bailey M. Wade Memorial Scholarship fund.
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.
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