SIOP Conference Related Awards


Best Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Research Award

In recognition of the best paper or poster on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender issue presented at the annual SIOP conference.

This annual award is given to the author(s) of a paper or poster accepted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference.  This award honors papers or posters that further the field’s understanding of LGBT issues within the workplace and represents theoretical and technical rigor.

The recipient of the award receives a plaque and a $1,500 cash prize (to be split in the case of multiple recipients).

Criteria for Evaluation of Submissions

Papers or posters accepted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  • Have a sound basis in science, theory, and/or practice.
  • Increase our understanding of workplace issues faced by LGBT employees.
  • Offer practical guidance to organizations seeking to improve the workplace experiences of LGBT employees.
  • Extend and broaden our theoretical and/or empirical knowledge of sexual identity in the workplace.
  • Represent technical adequacy, including issues of internal validity, external validity, appropriate methodology, appropriate statistical analyses, comprehensiveness of review (if the publication is a literature review, and/or theoretical rigor and soundness.

Guidelines for Submission of Publications

  • To apply for the award, check the “LGBT Award” box when submitting for the conference.

Administrative Procedures

  • Full members of the SIOP LGBT Ad-Hoc Committee will review submissions and determine the winner of the award.
  • In the case that one of the full members of the LGBT Ad-Hoc Committee has submitted a paper for consideration, he or she will not be a reviewer.

Updated: 25 April 2017

SIOP Best International Paper Award

Criteria for this award are unavailable at this time.

Robert J. Wherry Award for Best Paper at IOOB Conference

Criteria for this award are unavailable at this time.

SIOP Student Travel Award

SIOP 2020 Student Travel Award

If you are a current Student member of SIOP who is a first author, co-chair, panelist, discussant, or presenter for an accepted submission to the SIOP Annual Conference, please consider applying for the SIOP Student Travel Award. Eligible students will receive an email within a week of the submission notices.

Award Overview

The purpose of the travel award program is to help psychology graduate students travel to the Annual SIOP Conference, to present their work and participate in the 3-day conference.

Description and Size of Award

SIOP typically provides 10 students $500 each to support their travel to the annual conference.
Selection of Recipients and Administration of Award

The Awards Committee chair will appoint a subcommittee chair for the Student Travel Award Subcommittee. The subcommittee will consist of at least four SIOP members who are not members of the SIOP Foundation Board or the SIOP Executive Board.

This subcommittee will be responsible for evaluating the eligibility of applicants, the quality of applications, and determining the award recipients.


•    Applicants must be in good standing in a graduate program related to I-O psychology at a regionally accredited university or college
•    Applicants must be student members of SIOP. Students who are not members must apply for affiliation when submitting materials for the Travel Award.
•    Applicants must be a first author, co-chair, panelist, discussant, or presenter on at least one accepted submission of any type to the  SIOP conference program.
•    Each university or department may endorse no more than two students for the travel award. If more than two students from a department wish to apply for these funds, the department must perform an initial screening and provide endorsement letters to only two students. By endorsing an application, departments are confirming that the student is in good standing.

Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted until: January 15, 2020

The Travel Award Subcommittee will examine all applications for eligibility and the following required documents:

•    Complete the Student Travel Award Application form. The form should be downloaded and the following information saved into the interactive PDF. Once complete, the applicant should return to the award application website to upload the form and the endorsement letter from the program representative.
•    Career type: academic or applied
•    University Affiliation and address
•    Degree program
•    Degree type
•    Expected graduation date
•    Honors/Awards
•    Grade point average
•    Research experience
•    Upcoming conference accepted contributions
•    Contributions to articles, book chapters, conference presentations, etc.
•    Practical experience; internships, applied projects, teaching experience
•    Projected travel expenses
•    One-page maximum letter of endorsement from the program representative stating the applicant is 1 of the 2 endorsed students and attesting to the student’s standing in the program

 Criteria for Judging Submissions

Awards will be distributed on the basis of both need (as determined by available support, distance from conference, etc.) and merit (as demonstrated by research and practical experiences and products, number of submissions to the conference, etc.). The committee will strive to make awards to students with plans to enter both academic and practice-oriented careers from a variety of institutional affiliations.

Award recipients will be announced no later than February 28, 2020. The travel award check will be mailed to the student within 10 days of the award notification or 10 days of the conference registration being paid. NOTE: Early registration deadline is February 20, 2020.

Updated: January 10th 2020


John C. Flanagan Award for Best Student Presentation at the SIOP Conference

The John C. Flanagan Award was established to recognize the best student contribution at the SIOP conference.  There isn’t an application process for this award. Poster submissions whose first author is a student are automatically considered for the Flanagan award.  To qualify for the Flanagan Award, a student must (a) have a paid Student Affiliate membership in SIOP, (b) be enrolled in a PhD program, and (c) be the first author of the paper submitted.  In the case of multiple authors, order of authorship should reflect the relative scientific or professional contribution.