Winner of a 2008 Graduate Student Scholarship for her dissertation, "Clarifying the Career Decisions of Mothers and Identifying Organizational Strategies to Retain Mothers," at George Mason University.
“In broad terms, my research explores the challenges women and mothers encounter when attempting to advance in the workplace. This scholarship was a kick-start to conducting this research... Furthermore, the graduate student scholarship inspired confidence in the quality of my research ideas, and motivation to pursue other large forms of funding to advance my program of research.”
Whitney is planning to earn her Ph.D. from George Mason University in 2009.
On winning the scholarship, Whitney said: “I must say, the first time I truly reflected upon receiving this award was actually during the Plenary session at SIOP. Although a small award relative to the accomplishments of individuals in the room, it was a special moment to be honored among the SIOP community. Post SIOP, the scholarship provided me tangible support to pursue the first part of my dissertation research, a qualitative study exploring the experiences of new mothers at work.”
Winner of a 2007 Graduate Student Scholarship for her dissertation, "Role of Emotions and Organizational Climate in Employees’ Decision to Report or Remain Silent About Serious Wrongdoing,” at the University of Queensland. Marissa’s research considers the nature of employees’ decision-making following observed or experienced wrongdoing.
“The scholarship has allowed me to conduct in-depth, semi-structured interviews with employees who witnessed or experienced a wide range of adverse events, including bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment, patient abuse and medical malpractice ….My research will make significant theoretical contributions to our understanding of the psychological processes underlying decision-making in the context of wrongdoing, particularly the role of emotions and appraisal.” -Marissa Edwards
Marissa is planning to earn a Ph.D. in management from the University of Queensland in 2009.
Marissa said the scholarship has helped her finish her dissertation, which has had very interesting results for the I-O community:
"From a practical perspective, the results to date suggest that employees’ beliefs about the safety and utility of reporting wrongdoing exert an important influence on the decision to whistle-blow, suggesting that organizations can encourage speaking up behavior by creating a climate of safety and accountability.”
Winner of a 2008 Graduate Student Scholarship for her dissertation, "Formal and Interpersonal Discrimination Towards Job Applicants who Wear Religious Attire," at Michigan State University.
"I think the scholarship was vital in helping me complete my dissertation, without being bogged down by the financial aspects of my dissertation. The dissertation process is frustrating enough, having a scholarship that supports your dissertation expenses makes a significant difference in the life of a graduate student.”
Sonia is planning to earn her Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Michigan State University in 2009.
Sonia said her scholarship provided valuable financial support.
“I needed the scholarship to cover my dissertation expenses. Because my dissertation was a field study requiring numerous resources, I was able to allocate the scholarship money to expenses incurred from collecting data (compensating participants, travel expenses, and other materials needed to collect data),” she said. “For me, winning the scholarship actually meant being able to complete my dissertation in a timely manner. Had I not won, I would have needed to search and wait for alternate sources of funding, etc. (which I'm not sure would have even been available). Even worse, I might have had to pay out of pocket.”
Juan Madera, Ph.D.
Winner of a 2007 Graduate Student Scholarship for his dissertation, “Reactions to Stigmas in the Employment Interview: An Eye Tracking Investigation." Juan’s dissertation examined how a scar on the face influences interview outcomes using an eye tracker, which measures the amount of time one looks at a certain object.
“Without the scholarship it would have been really difficult to complete my dissertation, so as a new faculty member, I plan to continue being an active member of SIOP. Hopefully, one day I will be able to serve on a SIOP scholarship review committee! On a personal note, the award also gave me confidence because it validated the ‘significance’ of my dissertation. It wasn't just a money thing; it is recognition for the hard work and creativity of my dissertation. I am very grateful to SIOP.” -Juan Madera
Juan's scholarship helped him discover more about the influence of facial scars on interviewer perceptions.
Juan earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in industrial-organizational psychology. He is currently an assistant professor of human resource management at the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston.
“The SIOP award funded my dissertation. Specifically, because I am not an expert on eye trackers, I was able to pay an eye tracker lab coordinator to assist me with the data collection," he said. "I found that interviewers that are looking at a face with a scar during an interview look more at the location of the scar, which was negatively related to how much they were able to recall, which was negatively related to interview ratings than when an applicant does not have a scar. That is, applicants with scars were rated lower than applicants without a scar because their scars are distracting.”
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Laurel McNall, Ph.D.
Winner of a 2005 Graduate Student Scholarship for her dissertation, "Reactions to Electronic Performance Monitoring: Antecedents and Consequences of Interpersonal and Informational Justice," at the University at Albany, SUNY.
“I believe the funding I received from the SIOP Foundation played a critical role in the success of this project, which was recently accepted for publication, and ultimately helped launch my academic career.”
Laurel earned a Ph.D. from the University at Albany, SUNY, in industrial-organizational psychology in 2005. She currently works as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at The College at Brockport, SUNY.
Laurel said the scholarship helped her accomplish many things that would have been difficult without funding:
“For this project, I collected data from 257 call center representatives at eight call centers across the Northeast. This scholarship enabled me to (1) visit several call centers and observe the monitoring process, which was important for the development and refinement of my hypotheses, (2) copy and mail surveys to each location, (3) provide financial incentives to participants for their participation (which I feel boosted the response rate), and (4) present my findings at the SIOP conference.”
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Erin Richard, Ph.D.
Winner of a 2005 Graduate Student Scholarship for her dissertation, "Applying Appraisal Theories of Emotion to the Concept of Emotional Labor," at Louisiana State University.
“Receiving the scholarship meant a great deal to me, not only from a financial standpoint. It showed me that other SIOP members thought my work was important enough to support, and that really increased my motivation to do a great project. Also, without the financial support I would not have been able to collect data on the important behavioral outcomes of my intervention (customer service).”
Erin earned her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in industrial-organizational psychology in 2006. She currently works as an assistant professor in the psychology department at Florida Institute of Technology.
Erin said her scholarship helped make her dissertation a quality one.
“I received the scholarship for my dissertation work on emotion regulation strategies. I developed an emotion regulation training helps customer service employees improve their performance by reducing their negative emotions," Erin said. "I wanted to collect customer service ratings of performance, in order to show bottom-line outcomes for the organization. However, this was proving to be very costly because of the postage required. I used the scholarship money to help pay for postage on my surveys. It was a tremendous help and really added to the quality of the data I collected."
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Abbie Shipp, Ph.D.
Winner of a 2005 Graduate Student Scholarship for her dissertation, "The Moving Window of Fit: Extending Person-Environment Research with Time," at the University of North Carolina.
"Receiving the award confirmed that I was on the right track with the research I planned to conduct...the award gave my dissertation a sense of legitimacy in that an award-winning dissertation could merit a second look when on the job market."
Abbie earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in organizational behavior in 2006. She is currently working as an assistant professor of management at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
According to the Abbie, the Graduate Student Scholarship helped her in several ways.
“First, the recognition for my dissertation was appreciated in that it was one of the first tests of my ideas in the broader research community. Receiving the award confirmed that I was on the right track with the research I planned to conduct," Abbie said. "Second, the award gave my dissertation a sense of legitimacy in that an award-winning dissertation could merit a second look when on the job market. Finally, the funding associated with the award contributed to my financial support in my fifth year as a doctoral student. In my program at the time, support was not available for a fifth year and I had to search for my own funding. In this way, I was able to take an additional year to conduct research prior to taking a tenure-track position.”
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J. Craig Wallace, Ph.D.
Winner of a 2004 Graduate Student Scholarship for his dissertation, "Multilevel Examination of Occupational Safety: Regulatory Focus As Explanatory Link Between Climate, Conscientiousness and Performance," at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
"Winning the graduate student scholarship made all the difference in the world in regards to finishing my dissertation at Georgia Tech in a timely fashion… the long-term benefit was publishing my dissertation Personnel Psychology and winning the S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award from SIOP.” -J. Craig Wallace
Craig earned his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2004 in industrial-organizational psychology. He currently works as an assistant professor of management in the William S. Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.
Craig said his scholarship helped him in the short-term to motivate his dissertation participants as well as had long-term benefits.
“I was collecting data from real employees over 3 points in time and I wanted to show my appreciation to the participating organization (and increase my response rate!)," Craig said. "I was able to throw a pizza party for 500 employees thanks to the SIOP foundation, and my response was quite good, allowing me to finish the dissertation. While that was the immediate benefit, the long-term benefit was publishing my dissertation Personnel Psychology and winning the S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award from SIOP. I have continued to have success publishing in high-quality journals, and much of the success started with the graduate student scholarship I was awarded from SIOP.”
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