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George C. Thornton, III Graduate Scholarship
 

New in 2013, the SIOP Foundation is pleased to announce the George C. Thornton Graduate scholarship that offers financial assistance to a doctoral student in I-O psychology who epitomizes the scientist/practitioner model. Dr. Thornton was dedicated to training future I-O psychologists using the scientist/practitioner model. His commitment to this model has been displayed in his teaching, research, and doctoral supervision activities.

The Thornton Scholarship will be given to the graduate student who exemplifies the scientist/practitioner model. The recipient must have demonstrated achievement in both the science and practice of industrial and organizational psychology.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Student Affiliate of SIOP
  • PhD student in I-O psychology at a recognized I-O degree granting university
  • Must have completed the master’s degree in I-O psychology in order to have enough background to demonstrate excellence in the field
  • Must integrate I-O psychology science and practice
  • Past recipients or recipients of other SIOP sponsored scholarships are not eligible

Evaluation Criteria

The George C. Thornton, III Graduate Scholarship Committee (appointed by the Awards Committee Chair), will select one recipient based on:

  • Training that is oriented towards scientific inquiry in the field of I-O Psychology
  • Combination of science and practice in the candidate’s practice (field) experiences and academic experiences
  • Scientific merit – includes an appreciation for and demonstration of competence in basic and applied research endeavors. Such merit might be demonstrated by:
    • Superior performance in statistics, methods, and measurement courses
    • Active participation in weekly research seminars or discussions
    • Timely completion of the master’s thesis
    • Initiation of and participation in research studies beyond the masters thesis
    • Dissemination of research findings in publications and/or presentations
    • Attendance at and participation in scientific conferences
  • Practitioner merit – includes an appreciation for and demonstration of competence in the application of theories, methods, and research findings in organizational settings. Such merit might be demonstrated by:
    • Participation in field projects with evidence of high quality outcomes
    • Completion of applied research studies
    • Contribution to consulting activities
    • Completion of an internship where the student displayed the characteristics of the scientist/practitioner model
  • Faculty recommendations supporting the student’s merit on the above criteria.

Size of the Award

For 2015, the scholarship award will be $3,000. The student will have two options regarding the award stipend: (a) to receive the stipend directly; or (b) to have the stipend placed in a “professional development” account at the recipient’s university, contingent upon the regulations and policies of the recipient’s university. The award recipient will be liable for any tax payments associated with the stipend.

Required Documentation

Applicants for the George C. Thornton, III Graduate Scholarship must submit:

  • An official copy of graduate transcript
  • A statement of graduate program goals and career aspirations
  • A summary of the nominee’s master’s thesis not to exceed 10 pages (12 point font, 1” margins, double spaced); the proposal must adhere to accepted formatting guidelines (i.e., APA 5th Edition guidelines)
  • A summary of the nominee’s completed research, (but not the master’s thesis) not to exceed 5 pages (12 point font, 1” margins, double spaced; the proposal must adhere to APA formatting guidelines)
  • A summary of nominee’s practice contributions, not to exceed 5 pages (12 point font, 1” margins, double spaced; the proposal must adhere to APA formatting guidelines)
  • Resume or vitae that includes work assignments, paid or unpaid, related to I-O psychology, conference presentations and attendance, publications, and service to the graduate program and field
  • Letters of recommendation (at least 1 and no more than 3) from graduate faculty
  • Letters of recommendation from field supervision (at least 1 and no more than 3)

All documentation must be submitted by the applicant and be in either Word or as a pdf file.

Deliverable

One year after the scholarship is awarded, each recipient will be asked to provide the SIOP Foundation with a one-page report summarizing the research that was conducted under the auspices of the award. The report should be cosigned by the student’s advisor or dissertation chair.