The Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship
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The Department of Psychology is committed to ensuring opportunity in psychology research for undergraduates from groups underrepresented in scientific psychology. Toward this end, the Department created the ENERGIZE program through which students from under-represented groups are paired with potential research laboratories to both energize the student’s interest in scientific psychology and to energize the laboratory’s research by considering new perspectives.
The Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship was created with the awareness that ENERGIZE students may face financial challenges that preclude their ability to take advantage of research opportunities. The Scholarship is thus dedicated to supporting annually 1-2 ENERGIZE students with documented financial need and demonstrated potential in psychology research with funding of up to $5000. Funding will allow students financial and time flexibility to devote substantial effort to research endeavors and create a pathway for mentorship relationships with faculty that ultimately support further engagement with the major and profession of psychology. All students who meet the application criteria will receive consideration for the Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Application Criteria and Expectations: Students wishing to apply for the Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship must meet the following criteria to be considered:
- The student has applied to the ENERGIZE program and has been accepted into an ASU Department of Psychology ENERGIZE research lab.
- Students must be identified by a faculty member as demonstrating significant potential in psychology research and invited by the faculty member to apply for the Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Students may encourage faculty nominations.
- Identified students MUST meet one or both of the following Arizona State University financial need criteria (1) High Financial Need or (2) Unmet Financial Need.
- Students are expected to continue with the research lab through the academic year and are expected to devote a minimum of 10 hours weekly to research endeavors including activities such as: work in the lab, attending lab meetings, meetings with the faculty mentor, independent research, community outreach, and other research-related activities.
- Students are expected to present their research at Celebrating Psychology Honors in April and/or the Psi Chi sponsored Arizona Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (AZPURC).
- Students are expected to create an opportunity to extend access to psychological research into a non-academic community. For example, the student may participate in the ASU Open Door; the student may present findings in an academic course; the student may present findings in the student’s home community, and so on.
- The faculty member must provide a letter of endorsement addressing the student’s potential for research and commenting on criteria (4) - (6).
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