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M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace

In recognition of a project or product representing an outstanding example of the practice of industrial and organizational psychology in the workplace.


This annual award, honoring M. Scott Myers, will be given to an individual practitioner or team of practitioners who have developed and conducted/applied a specific project or product representing an example of outstanding practice of I-O psychology in the workplace (i.e., business, industry, government). Projects must have been conducted in the workplace within the last 40 years and cover a time period of no more than 8 years. Products (e.g., tests, questionnaires, videos, software, but not books or articles) must be used in the workplace and developed within the last 40 years. Projects or products may be in any area of I-O psychology (e.g., compensation, employee relations, equal employment opportunity, human factors, job analysis, job design, organizational development, organizational behavior, leadership, position classification, safety, selection, training).

The award recipient(s) will receive a plaque commemorating the achievement, a cash prize of $1,500 and an invitation to make a presentation at the annual conference of SIOP. Team awards will be shared among the members of the team.

Criteria for Evaluation of Projects or Products

Nominations will be evaluated on the extent to which they:
 

  1. Have a sound technical/scientific basis.
  2. Advance objectives of clients/users.
  3. Promote full use of human potential.
  4. Comply with applicable psychological, legal, and ethical standards.
  5. Improve the acceptance of I-O psychology in the workplace.
  6. Show innovation and excellence.

Guidelines for Submission of Projects or Products

1. Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP. Self-nominations are welcome.

2. Individuals or teams may be nominated. Each individual nominee must be a current member of the Society. If a team is nominated, at least one of the team members must be a current member of the Society, and each team member must have made a significant contribution to the project or product.

3. Each nomination must contain the following information:

  1. A letter of nomination which explains how the project or product meets the six evaluation criteria above.
  2. A technical report which describes the project or product in detail. This may be an existing report.
  3. A description of any formal complaints of a legal or ethical nature which have been made regarding the project or product.
  4. A list of three client references who may be contacted by the Myers Award Subcommittee regarding the project or product.
  5. (Optional) Up to 6 additional documents that may be helpful for evaluating the nomination (e.g., a sample of the product, technical manuals, independent evaluations).

4. If appropriate, nominators of highly rated nonwinning candidates will be contacted to encourage renomination of a candidate for up to 3 years.

5. The Awards Committee will maintain the confidentiality of secure materials.


Administrative Procedures

1. Nomination materials will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the SIOP Awards Committee, consisting of at least three members, all of whom work primarily as I-O practitioners.

2. The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the SIOP Executive Board about the award-winning project or product.

3. The Executive Board may either accept or reject the recommendation of the Awards Committee but may not substitute a nominee of its own.

4. In the absence of a nominee that is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and the Executive Board, the award may be withheld.