• James McKeen Cattell Award: Call for Nominations

  • Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences
    43rd Annual Competition for the James McKeen Cattell Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Psychology:
    Call for Nominations

    Deadline: November, 28, 2013 (Thursday)

    In a continuing effort to encourage and recognize high standards of dissertation research, the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences announces the forty-third annual competition for the James McKeen Cattell Award for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in psychology. The competition is limited to students of doctoral programs in regionally accredited institutions who have either attained doctoral degrees or successfully defended their dissertations between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Each department is invited to nominate just one dissertation, submitted by e-mail in the summary format described below no later than November 28, 2013.

    The 2013–2014 Cattell Awardee will be announced on the Academy website during summer of 2014. The Cattell Awardee will receive a Certificate of Recognition. The Mentor for the Awardee's dissertation will also be recognized with a Citation Certificate. Dissertations will be judged by the Steering Committee of the Academy's Psychology Section, in consultation with specialists in the area of the dissertation.

    Please follow the following guidelines for submission:

    • Submit a summary of the dissertation without personal or institutional identification. The summary should include no more than 1200–1500 double-spaced words of text. A page or two consisting of tables and figures plus some references and key words may be added.
    • In separate files, please provide full contact information (phone number, email address, and postal address) of both the author and the faculty mentor for the dissertation and also a statement from the school, department, or mentor indicating that this submission is the one nomination from that institution.
    • To facilitate blind review, please use file names indicating applicant's initials and date of submission only.

    Dissertation summaries will be assessed in terms of clarity of purpose and rationale, method and research design, results with statistics as appropriate, and conclusions, with implications and/or applications. Following an anonymous review, the Steering Committee may request 'blind' copies of the full dissertation for final review. Please indicate the name and address of the person to be contacted should the dissertation be requested.

    Submissions are to be sent via email to

    Janet Sigal, PhD

    Vice-Chair, Steering Committee, Psychology Section
    The New York Academy of Sciences, 2012–2014
    Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Fairleigh Dickinson University