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Distinguished Early Career Contributions - Science Award

This award will be presented to an individual who has made distinguished contributions to the science of I-O psychology within seven (7) years of receiving a PhD degree.

In order to be considered for the 2019 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation no earlier than 2011. The setting in which the nominee has made the contributions (i.e., academia, government, industry) is not relevant.

The recipient of this award is given a plaque and a cash prize of $1,500. In addition, the recipient is invited to give an address that relates to his or her contribution at the subsequent SIOP conference. New in 2017, the program committee worked with award recipients to create combined featured sessions, click here for more information. Award recipients will be asked to serve a three-year term as a reviewer on this award subcommittee beginning the following year.

Nomination Guidelines and Criteria

  1. Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP. Self-nominations are welcome.
  2. Only members of SIOP may be nominated for the award.
  3. A current vita of the nominee should accompany the letter of nomination. In addition, the nominator should include materials that illustrate the contributions of the nominee. Supporting letters may be included as part of the nomination packet. The number of supporting letters (not counting the nominating letter) for any given nomination should be between a minimum of three and a maximum of five.
  4. Eligible nominees must have defended their dissertation no earlier than 2011.
  5. Nominees who are nonrecipients will be reconsidered annually for 2 years after their initial nomination, if the nominee still meets the 7 year requirement.
  6. Letters of nomination, vita, and all supporting letters (including at least three and no more than five) or materials must be submitted online.
  7. The Distinguished Professional Contributions, Distinguished Scientific Contributions, Distinguished Service Contributions, and Distinguished Teaching Contributions Awards are intended to recognize a lifetime of achievement in each of their respective areas.

Criteria for the Award

The letter of nomination should address the following issues:

  1. The general nature of the nominee’s contributions to the science of I-O psychology.
  2. The most important contributions to the science of I-O psychology.
  3. The impact of the nominee’s contribution on the science of I-O psychology, including the impact that the work has had on the work of students and colleagues.
  4. The status of the nominee as a scientist vis-à-vis other prominent scientists in the field of I-O psychology.
  5. Although the number of publications is an important consideration, it is not the only one. Equally important criteria are the quality of the publications and their impact on the field of I-O psychology.
  6. Documentation should be provided that indicates that the nominee received his or her PhD degree within the 7 year requirement.

Administrative Procedures

  1. The SIOP Awards Committee will review the letters of nomination and all supporting materials of all nominees and make a recommendation concerning one or more nominees to the SIOP Executive Board. Two or more nominees may be selected if their contributions are similarly distinguished.
  2. The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
  3. In the absence of a nominee who is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and the Executive Board, the award may be withheld. 

Composition of the Committee

  • Must consist of a minimum of five current SIOP members.
  • Committee members must be SIOP Fellows who have published extensively in high impact journals (e.g. JAP, ORM, PPsych, OBHDP, AMR, AMJ, among others), or previous recipients of this award, or current or previous Editors or Associate Editors of high impact journals.
  • Diversity of all types is encouraged, including non-U.S. based members.


Updated: 15 March 2018