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Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the science of industrial and organizational psychology.

This award is given to the individual who has made the most distinguished empirical and/or theoretical scientific contributions to the field of I-O psychology. The setting in which the nominee made the contributions (i.e., industry, academia, government) is not relevant.

The recipient of the 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 contributions at the subsequent SIOP conference. Award recipients will be asked to serve a three-year term as a reviewer on this award subcommittee beginning the following year.

Nomination Guidelines

  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. Letters of nomination, vita, and all supporting letters (including at least three and no more than five) or materials must be submitted online.
  5. 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.
  6. Beginning in 2018, non-recipients of this award will not automatically be reconsidered the following year. If desired, the nominator may submit a new application for their nominee in subsequent years.

Criteria for the Award

The letter of nomination should address the following issues:

  1. The general nature of the nominee’s scientific contributions.
  2. The most important theoretical and/or empirical contributions.
  3. The impact of the nominee’s contributions on the science of I-O psychology, including the impact that the work has had on the work of students and colleagues.|
  4. The stature of the nominee as a scientist vis-à-vis other prominent scientists in the field of I-O psychology.
  5. This award is intended to recognize a lifetime of achievement.

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 November 2018