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Undergraduate Student Awards in Psychology


Early/Mid November: All awardees for Winter Commencement

Early December (before end of Fall Semester): up to 5 nominees

Early April: All awardees for Spring Commencement


Departmental Honors (Undergraduate)

In order to be eligible to do an Honors Thesis, students need to:

  1. Be a Psychology Major
  2. Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all Psychology courses taken at Hunter College
  4. Have completed PSYCH 248 and PSYCH 250

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Livingston-Welch Award (Undergraduate)

Livingston-Welch was Hunter's first Psychology Chair and was a "Renaissance man" of sorts. The award was set up shortly after he retired.

In order to be eligible for the Livingston-Welch award, students must have both a high GPA and high grades in Psychology courses. This award is separate from the Honors in Psychology Award. A high GPA has recently been translated into a 3.7. The award is divided into research, scholarship and service. Typically, the service award goes to students who have run the Psychology Convention or published in the Department's Newsletter.

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PSI CHI (Undergraduate)

Membership in Psi Chi is open to students who are majoring or minoring in psychology. Qualified candidates include those of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, handicap or disability, religion, national and ethnic origin, and who meet the minimum qualifications.

Students who wish to join PSI CHI must:

  1. Be enrolled as a major or minor.
  2. Have at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework.
  3. Have at least 9 semester credit hours or equivalent of psychology courses.
  4. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA average in psychology courses.

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Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration (BNC)

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Gerry Turkewitz Award (Undergraduate)

Gerald Turkewitz was one of a band of pioneers in American comparative and developmental psychology/biology who ultimately became one of the progenitors of the new field of developmental psychobiology. His experimental work, theoretical writings, and teaching were heavily influenced by his mentor, and one of the giants of comparative psychology, T.C. Schneirla. His life-long goal was to understand the developmental process and its role in emerging behavioral functions. He eschewed simple dichotomies such as the nature-nurture dichotomy and, instead, insisted that we must understand the complexity and dynamics of the developmental process to truly understand how adaptive behaviors emerge. To achieve this goal, Turkewitz and his many students and collaborators investigated a wide variety of behaviors, including rat maternal behavior and its role in the development of sensory/perceptual responsiveness in infancy and beyond. Central to all of this work was a focus on the critical role that early experience plays in the development of adaptive functioning and one of his lasting theoretical contributions is the counterintuitive notion that limitations in early sensory development are actually adaptive, rather than detrimental, from a developmental perspective.


Students can either self-nominate or a member of the faculty should forward the name and e-mail of any student whom he/she believes should be considered for the Psychology Award Commitee. Nominees should be:

  1. Exceptionally talented academically, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  2. Psychology majors committed to applying to a Ph.D. Program in Developmental Psychology.
  3. At least an upper sophomore and at most a lower senior (completing no less than 36 and no more than 100 credits at the time of nomination).
  4. Members of groups that have been historically under-represented in the sciences (e.g., first-generation college students, economically disadvantaged, or have a documented disability).

Other Information:

  1. The interest generated by the Fund will be awarded annually to one or more recipients. The principle will not be affected.
  2. A representative of the Turkewitz family will be invited to observe the deliberations to select the awardee and the presentation of the award. Awards will be given during the Hunter College Psychology Convention - Spring Semester.
  3. Award may be split among multiple students and the family is open to changes in the requirements or ranking criteria.

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Awards originally given to Biopsychology Ph.D. Students:

Robert Thompson Scholarship (PhD Students)

This Robert Thompson Scholarship (RLT) recognizes research and academic excellence. Applications are evaluated by the following criteria, ranked in order of relative importance:

  1. Research productivity as evidence by peer reviewed publications, presentations, and grants submitted and/or funded.
  2. Research mentoring of junior graduate students and/or undergraduates.
  3. Teaching evauations.

Students applying for the RLT scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a formally approved disertation proposal and passed the first and second doctoral examinations.
  2. NOT be a former RLT Scholarship recipient.

Those applying to the RLT Scholarship should include the following as a single PDF file:

  1. Cover letter
  2. One-page summary of the research aim and progress of their Ph.D. thesis and other research.
  3. PDF of all published and submitted papers with Psychology/GC CUNY affiliation.
  4. One-page state of their research mentoring experience.
  5. One-page summary of their teaching experience and evaluations.
  6. Letter of support from thesis advisor.
  7. Reference letter from one other member of the thesis committee.
  8. 2-page NSF or NIH-style CV.

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Peter Moller Award (PhD Students)

Students may be nominated for excellency in research and doctoral studies.

Awards not specifically tied to commencement.

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