Student Awards & Grants

Endowed Funds

Several awards are available from endowed funds for psychology majors at Bradley University. These awards are made possible by the generous gifts of alumni, friends, faculty, and staff.

Carl E. Smith Memorial Award

In 1948, Dr. E.G. Boring, an eminent historian of psychology, recommended Dr. Carl Smith as the founding chairperson of the Bradley psychology department.  Dr. Smith was a Harvard psychologist who subsequently served the department with great distinction.  The class of 1966, alumni, and friends established this award in Dr. Smith’s honor.

Recipients exemplify, in the spirit of Dr. Carl Smith, academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, intellectual honesty, and contribution to Bradley University.  They receive a monetary award and their names are engraved on a plaque displayed in the department. Psychology majors who are graduating seniors and continuing their education at an institution of higher learning are eligible.   Students are nominated by psychology faculty.

Daniel J. Elias Endowment Fund

The Daniel J. Elias Endowment Fund was established in 2007.  It supports the department’s honors research program by providing funds for research expenses related to the completion of student honors theses.  The Endowment Fund also supports an annual Honors Colloquium.  Students display posters of their honors research at this venue.  The colloquium also features an internationally known speaker who delivers a keynote address demonstrating the societal and intrinsic value of psychological research.

First-semester juniors who have completed coursework in Experimental Psychology (PSY 206) are eligible. Application materials are available in the psychology office (Bradley Hall, Room 80) or can be downloaded here.

Thomas F. O’Grady Experiential Learning Endowment Fund

The endowment provides funding for students to ensure high quality academic experiences outside of traditional classroom settings.  These experiences foster students’ communication, quantitative, and scientific thinking skills.   The Endowment Fund, established by Thomas O’Grady (’93) in 2012, will significantly increase the magnitude, quality, and sustainability of student-faculty collaborative activities in the psychology department at Bradley University.

Application procedures for the award are in development.

Departmental Awards

Dr. Judith J. Carta Annual Scholarship

Dr. Carta has established this scholarship to (a) encourage the study of childhood development and research and (b) serve as a mentor to student recipients. Dr. Carta majored in psychology and received her Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. She credits her deep interest in child development and research to her education at Bradley. She is a Professor of Special Education and Senior Scientist at the University of Kansas and Director of Early Childhood Research at its Juniper Gardens Children’s Project. In 2014 she was named Director of the “Bridging the Word Gap Network,” a national network of experts in language and literacy development funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Eligibility: Must be (a) a full-time student in good academic standing and (b) attained junior or senior standing with strong academic records and be majoring in psychology with plans to pursue graduate education and/or a profession related to childhood development.

Preference is (a) for students who have completed coursework in child development at Bradley and (b) a student with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Assistance.

This award is available to all students regardless of age, ethnic origin, or sexual preference.

Selection process: Eligible students complete a brief application distributed each year by the Department of Psychology. Recommendations from the Department of Psychology are then provided to the Office of Financial Assistance at Bradley University.

Outstanding Senior Award

This award is presented annually to the graduating psychology major that excels in academics and leadership.  Students are nominated by psychology faculty.

Community Practicum Award

The Bradley University Community Practicum Award is presented annually to a PSY 342 student who has demonstrated the highest levels of psychological skill, engagement, and professional demeanor during his or her placement. Students are nominated by psychology faculty.

Student Grants

Psychology Department Student Travel Award

Psychology majors who author a research poster or presentation at a professional conference are eligible to apply for a departmental award of up to $100.00 to defray travel costs. The application form is available here.

Additional student travel funds are available from the University.

  • The Sherry Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences supports student travel.  Sherry Fund application materials are available in Bradley Hall, Room 226.
  • The Office of Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development supports student travel for presenting collaborative projects conducted with faculty.  Application information is available here.

Special Emphasis Grants from the University support student research. Consult with a faculty advisor for more information.