Psychology Awards

Award for Academic Excellence in Psychology

Purpose: This award recognizes senior-level psychology students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement in psychology.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Full-time or part-time matriculated students completing their senior year who are majoring in psychology.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.9 in psychology.

Deadline: First Friday after spring break.

Outstanding Psychology Student Award

Purpose: This award recognizes junior and senior level psychology students who have demonstrated excellence in academics as well as commitment to the discipline through participation in activities that enhance the field of psychology.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Full-time or part-time matriculated students entering junior or senior year who are majoring in psychology.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Evidence of scholarship and/or involvement with the discipline.
  • Faculty or staff nomination in writing (to the attention of the Chairperson of the Psychology Awards Committee).

Deadline: First Friday after spring break.

Redcay Awards/Scholarships for Student–Faculty Collaboration

Redcay Research Apprenticeship

Description: The Redcay Research Apprenticeship carries a stipend of $500.00 and, in addition, provides support for research-related costs. The apprenticeship program is designed to foster productive student/faculty collaboration in scholarly endeavors. Application for a Redcay Research Apprenticeship must be made by a student in conjunction with a faculty sponsor. The ideal time for a student to submit a proposal is when he or she is a second semester sophomore, junior or first semester senior in order to allow sufficient time to complete and present the research. Students who receive the award are encouraged to present their findings at a campus symposium or professional meeting. Students who receive a Redcay Research Apprenticeship may also apply for a Redcay Ad Hoc Award to defray travel expenses.

Application: Application materials for the Redcay Research Apprenticeship include the following (to be submitted electronically to the chair of the Redcay Committee):

  • The student should submit a cover letter that describes the specific empirical research project that is planned. This project should be focused on an issue relevant to the behavioral sciences. This cover letter should also address the nature of the student-faculty collaboration.
  • The faculty sponsor should submit a letter of support that describes the proposed research project as well as the nature of the collaboration between the faculty member and the research apprentice.
  • A copy of the student’s unofficial transcript or Degree Works form
  • If financial support for the research project is needed, the application should also contain a detailed budget including appropriate justification for expenditures.

Deadline: Rolling application; Please allow 3 weeks for the committee to review the request.

Redcay Ad Hoc Grants for Ongoing Programs for Faculty–Student Collaborative Research

Description: Ad Hoc awards provide funds to support travel or research-related expenses.

Travel: Students who complete the collaborative research project while matriculating at SUNY Plattsburgh may be awarded an Ad Hoc Grant for research presented at a conference within 12 months after graduation. Funding priority is given to students who are matriculating.

  • Funding is available for undergraduate students who intend to travel to report findings from faculty-student collaborative research ($300 maximum).
  • Funding is available for undergraduate students who intend travel to present research that was funded by a Research Apprenticeship Award ($600 maximum).
  • Funding is available for faculty travel to accompany undergraduate or graduate students who are reporting findings from faculty-student collaborative research ($300 maximum).

Application: Funding of up to $300 to support travel for reporting of faculty-student collaborative research requires submission of the Ad Hoc Funding Request form, section 1. This form should be submitted electronically to the chair of the Redcay Committee along with the following attachments:

  • Copy of conference brochure showing registration fees.
  • Verification of travel-related costs (airfare, hotel cost and tax, etc.).
  • Copy of acceptance letter or conference brochure/schedule verifying conference participation.
  • Letter of support from a faculty member.

Deadline: Rolling application; Please allow 3 weeks for the committee to review the request.

Research: Funds are available to cover the expenses of research projects:

  • Undergraduate students ($300 maximum).
  • Graduate student thesis ($150 maximum).

Application: To request funding to support research-related expenses complete the Ad Hoc Funding Request form, Section 2. This form requires that the student provide the following attachments:

  • A brief research proposal that includes a statement of the goals and methods of the proposed research project.
  • Itemized budget with rationale.
  • Letter of support from a faculty member.

Deadline: Rolling application; Please allow 3 weeks for the committee to review the request.

Redcay Outstanding Student Scholarships

Description: This one time award is designed to recognize and stimulate excellence in the behavioral sciences and includes an award of $250.00 (This award in most cases will be applied to upcoming tuition for returning students). The nominee must be a full-time student, with freshman, sophomore, or junior standing (includes transfer students with at least two semesters at SUNY Plattsburgh) and a declared major in the behavioral sciences (anthropology, sociology or psychology). Faculty who nominate a student for this award are expected to encourage the student to pursue research collaboration.

Application: To nominate a student for this award the nominating faculty member should submit the following materials (electronically) to the chair of the Redcay Committee:

  • A letter of nomination.
  • At least one additional letter of recommendation.
  • A copy of the student’s unofficial transcript or Degree Works form.
  • An example of the student’s work.

Deadline: Friday before Thanksgiving for fall awards and Monday after March break for spring awards.

Redcay Senior Award

Description: Awarded to students with senior status, the Redcay Senior Award is designed to recognize distinguished performance in scholarship and academics during a student’s undergraduate career and carries an award of $400.00. The nominee must be a senior in the behavioral sciences (anthropology, sociology or psychology).

Application: To nominate a student for this award the nominating faculty member should submit the following materials (electronically) to the chair of the Redcay Committee:

  • A letter of nomination.
  • At least one additional letter of recommendation.
  • A copy of the student’s unofficial transcript or Degree Works form.
  • Evidence of successful completion of scholarly work.

Deadline: Friday before Thanksgiving for fall awards and Monday after March break for spring awards.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the psychology program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Department co-chairs
Dr. Katherine Dunham (katherine.dunham@plattsburgh.edu)
Dr. Michael Morales (michael.morales@plattsburgh.edu)

Department secretaries
Ms. Pam LeClair (leclaipl@plattsburgh.edu)
Ms. Donna Vanderhoff (vanderdm@plattsburgh.edu)

Phone: (518) 564-3076
Toll-free Phone: (800) 441-7215
Fax: (518) 564-3397