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S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award

This award is given in recognition of the best doctoral dissertation research in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.

This award is given to the person who completes the best doctoral dissertation research germane to the field of I-O psychology. The winning dissertation research should demonstrate the use of research methods that are both rigorous and creative. The winner of the award will receive a plaque, a cash prize of $1,000.

Guidelines for Submission

  1. Entries may be submitted only by individuals who are endorsed (sponsored) by a member of SIOP.
  2. Each entrant should submit a copy of their paper (not to exceed 30 pages of double-spaced text) based on his or her dissertation without any identifying information. A separate title page with the name of the entrant, institutional affiliation, current mailing address, and phone number should be uploaded.
  3. Papers are limited to a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages. This limit includes the title page, abstract, text, tables, figures, and appendices. However, it excludes references.
  4. Papers should be prepared in accord with the guidelines provided in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Note, however, that the abstract may contain up to 300 words.
  5. The paper must be based on a dissertation that was accepted by the graduate college 2 years or less before June 20th of the current year, with the stipulation that an entrant may only submit once.
  6. The entrant must provide a letter from his or her dissertation chair that specifies the date of acceptance of the dissertation by the graduate school of the institution and that the submission adequately represents all aspects of the completed dissertation. In addition, the entrant must provide a letter of endorsement from a member of SIOP who is familiar with the entrant’s dissertation. Both of these letters may be from the same individual.
  7. Entries (accompanied by supporting letters) must be submitted online.

Criteria for the Award

Dissertation summaries will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the research addresses a phenomenon that is of significance to the field of I-O psychology.
  2. The extent to which the research shows appropriate consideration of relevant theoretical and empirical literature. This should be reflected in both the formulation of hypotheses tested and the selection of methods used in their testing.
  3. The degree to which the research has produced findings that have high levels of validity (i.e., internal, external, construct, and statistical conclusion). The setting of the proposed research is of lesser importance than its ability to yield highly valid conclusions about a real-world phenomenon of relevance to the field of I-O psychology. Thus, the methods of the research (including subjects, procedures, measures, manipulations, and data analytic strategies) should be specified in sufficient detail to allow for an assessment of the capacity of the proposed research to yield valid inferences.
  4. The extent to which the author (a) offers reasonable interpretations of the results of his or her research, (b) draws appropriate inferences about the theoretical and applied implications of the same results, and (c) suggests promising directions for future research.
  5. The degree to which the research yields information that is both practically and theoretically relevant and important.
  6. The extent to which ideas in the proposal are logically, succinctly, and clearly presented.

Administrative Procedures

  1. All entries will be reviewed by the Awards Committee of SIOP.
  2. The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Board of SIOP about the award-winning dissertation and, if appropriate, up to two dissertations deserving honorable mention status. If appropriate, an honorable mention may be recommended for this award. The honorable mention recipient will receive a plaque.
  3. The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee but may not substitute recommendations of its own.
  4. In the absence of a dissertation that is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and Executive Board, the award may be withheld.


Updated: 25 Apr 2017