At the end of each spring semester, the department awards undergraduate and graduate financial scholarships to students who have demonstrated excellence inside and outside of the psychology classroom. Examples of this would be research projects and participating in Psi Chi activities.
The Kathy Van Dyke Undergraduate Scholarship Award
This award is named in the memory of former student Kathy Van Dyke and this endowed fund provides tuition assistance for an outstanding Psychology major. The late Kathy Van Dyke was a graduate of the department, and received her BA in Psychology in 1991. Mrs. Van Dyke was president of the UMSL Psychology Alumni Chapter and active in other leadership roles in her career and other organizations. Recipient(s) of the Kathy Van Dyke award will have contributed significantly to the field of psychology through scholarship. This award is given to an undergraduate student who has a strong academic record and has been actively engaged in research. The award winner will be decided by a committee of three faculty members who will review the nominations and supporting materials.
To be eligible for the award, students: (1) must be an undergraduate Psychology major, (2) will be enrolled in classes during the Fall 2022 semester, (3) must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, and (4) must have a faculty member complete the recommendation form.
The John J. Boswell Psi Chi Award
This award is named after former Psi Chi faculty advisor, Dr. John Boswell and provides an award for an accomplished Psi Chi member. The late Dr. Boswell was a dedicated researcher and taught research methods and statistics. He served as the Psi Chi faculty advisor for many years before he passed away. This award is given to a Psi Chi member who has a strong academic record and has been actively engaged in research. The award winner will be decided by the Psi Chi advisor and two additional faculty members who will review the nominations and supporting materials.
To be eligible for the award, students must: (1) be an undergraduate Psychology major, (2) be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, (3) be an active member of Psi Chi, and (4) have a faculty member complete the recommendation form.
The Kathy Van Dyke Graduate Scholarship Award
One graduate student from each program is eligible based on research accomplishments. Students are usually in their second year or higher.
The Gary K. Burger Scholarship Award
Dr. Gary K. Burger was a longtime Chair of the Psychology Department who taught graduate Statistics and Quantitative courses. This award is given to a Doctoral student in Psychology who has evidenced achievement in employing advanced quantitative methods in research. Faculty members can nominate students, who will then be asked submit a methods section (and result section if available) to the committee for consideration.
The Lewis J. Sherman Memorial Scholarship Award
Dr. Lewis Sherman was the first director of clinical training, former director of UMSL's Counseling Service, and a former chair of the Department. He was also one of the founding members of the Clinical Psychology Program at UMSL. This award is given to the clinical student(s) who has/have demonstrated the best overall performance in the program, across all areas (e.g., coursework, research progress, clinical, program citizenship).
The Jayne E. Stake Clinical Training Award
Dr. Jayne Stake was the first director of Community Psychological Service and served as the Clinical Program Director for decades before her retirement. This award is given to a Clinical graduate student with the most outstanding evidence for growth as a developing clinician.
The George Taylor Award
This award is given to a Behavioral Neuroscience student who has shown excellence in research endeavors.
The Psychological Sciences Graduate Student Instructor Award
This award is given to a graduate student instructor for outstanding contributions to the academic achievement of undergraduate psychology students.
The Psychological Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
This award is given to a graduate student teaching assistant for outstanding contributions to instruction in psychology courses.