Scholarships and 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 Research Apprenticeship Award

Purpose: A research apprenticeship carries a stipend of $500, and in addition provides support for costs of the proposed research. The apprenticeship program is designed to foster productive student/faculty collaboration in scholarly endeavors.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Application for a Redcay Research Apprenticeship must be made by a student in conjunction with a faculty sponsor.
  • The student should submit a letter of application along with a proposal for a specific empirical research project focused on an issue relevant to the behavioral sciences, the work in the student's discipline, and contain a detailed budget including appropriate justification for expenditures. The proposal should also address the nature of the student-faculty collaboration within which the project will be implemented.

Deadline: Rolling application.

Redcay Ad Hoc Grants for students

Purpose: Ad hoc grants of $300 are available to support student research projects and/or the reporting of research results.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • The student should submit a letter of application clearly stating the research problem, the methods by which the research is to be approached, and the expense that the research will generate.

Deadline: Rolling application.

Redcay Outstanding Student Scholarships

Purpose: The scholarship carries a stipend of $250. It is awarded to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and is designed to reward and stimulate excellence in the behavioral sciences.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Full-time students with freshman, sophomore, or junior status and a declared major in the behavioral sciences.
  • Faculty nomination in writing (to the attention of the Chair of the Committee on Redcay Awards for Student/Faculty Collaboration in the Behavioral Sciences ("Redcay Committee")).
  • Additional supporting materials, such as the student's transcript, additional letters of recommendation, and examples of the student's work.

Deadline: First Monday after spring break.

Redcay Senior Award

Purpose: 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 a monetary award of $400.00.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Senior in the behavioral sciences (Anthropology, Sociology, or Psychology)
  • Faculty nomination in writing (to the Chair of the Redcay Committee). Please submit materials electronically if possible.
  • Additional materials documenting the student's outstanding accomplishments in the behavioral sciences:
    • Unofficial transcript/Degree Works form
    • Letters of support that demonstrate the student’s contribution to the intellectual atmosphere of State University College at Plattsburgh
    • Evidence of successful completion of scholarly work
    • Examples of the high quality of the student’s coursework

Deadline: Friday before Thanksgiving (winter graduates) and Monday after spring break (spring graduates).

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