MPA Donald G. Paterson Undergraduate Award in Psychology

Nomination Deadline for 2020: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

This award is given to the outstanding college senior planning a career in psychology. The purpose of this $350 award is to recognize and encourage high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level. Nominations of students whose work has been directed at applied problems and field experience, in addition to students whose work has been mainly laboratory-theoretical in nature are welcome.

Nomination Instructions

Each institution, through its Department of Psychology, is requested to nominate a candidate to the Paterson Award Committee by submitting the following materials:

  1. Evidence of superior undergraduate achievement, both in psychology and in the broader areas of undergraduate education, supported by: a. A transcript of the undergraduate grade record; b. Undergraduate honors received; c. A paper or report of projects carried out and written by the candidate.
  2. Other evidence of potential for further work in psychology, supported by: a. Acceptance by recognized graduate schools or other plans for further professional development; b. Receipt of graduate fellowships and scholarships; c. Scores on relevant achievement and aptitude tests. (e.g., GRE)
  3. A resume or c.v.
  4. Evidence of personal characteristics and attributes which appear to contribute to effective work in the field of psychology and supported by:
    • maximum of three letters of recommendation.
  5. Send the above requirements to [email protected].

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.