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Student Poster Awards

Each year at the Annual Meeting, three posters authored by students are chosen for the Student Poster Award.  


1. You must be the first author on a student poster submission.
2. You must be a full-time student (in a pre-doctoral capacity) at the time of submission.
3. You must be a student member of SPR, or apply for membership by June 5, 2020.


Please note the requirement that you must be an SPR member or have applied for membership by June 5, 2020. The reason for this is that the committee must be able to identify clearly which student members are eligible for consideration in order to plan the review and judging of the posters. For this reason, it is not possible to consider students who join SPR at the time of on-site conference registration.


To be considered, simply submit the usual 1,600 characters, including spaces, poster abstract by the submission deadline of June 5, 2020.

Award Criteria:

The Program Committee will pre-select several dozen posters, based on the submitted abstracts. One or more judges from the Student Poster Award Committee will review each candidate's abstract and have a conversation with the student author. In reviewing the poster, the committee will look for a clear statement of the research problem; sound methods and statistical analysis; the appropriateness and clarity of figures and graphics; and a concise and well-organized presentation. Additional criteria will include the student’s grasp of the findings and the ability to describe the work to both non-experts and experts.

View the poster winners from previous years.


Due: February 1, 2020 for funding to begin early May 2020.

Application for the Research Training Grant

The Education and Training Committee and the Committee to Promote Student Interests are pleased to announce that SPR will once again provide Research Fellowship Training Awards. The award will allow students or postdocs to obtain mentorship/training in psychophysiological assessment/analysis with experts in the field, which they could not get at their home institution. This could involve travel to a remote site or travel expenses for a remote mentor to visit the applicant’s lab. Each applicant may include a budget of up to $5,000.00 U.S. (although smaller budgeted applications are encouraged and would allow for more applications to be funded). Up to $500 of these funds can be used to defray SPR conference travel costs. Applications are short (3-5 pages) but require that applicants, mentors and proposed training sponsors also submit biosketches.

The deadline for applications will be February 1, 2020. Award notices will be sent via email beginning April 1, 2020. If additional funds are available after April 1, 2020, a second application announcement will be made. Award notices will be sent within one month of this second announcement. Awardees will also be recognized at the Saturday Business Luncheon during the annual SPR Annual Meeting.

Eligibility: Preference for the award will be given to applicants, their current mentors and their proposed training sponsors who are active members of SPR, or who have a history of affiliation with SPR (e.g., previous membership, attendance at previous SPR meetings). However, all students or postdocs interested in obtaining mentorship/training in psychophysiology are encouraged to apply. 


2020 Family Care Grant

To improve support to SPR meeting attendees with significant family care responsibilities, SPR is once again offering small family care grants (up to $400 per family) for SPR members with dependents requiring childcare, elder care, or care due to disability.

For more information and to apply see our Family Care Grant webpage


SPR Research Travel Award

The goal of the SPR Travel Awards is to recognize student researchers who represent the next generation of psychophysiological scholars by supporting their ability to participate in the Society’s annual meeting.

The SPR Travel Awards specifically aim to assist predoctoral student members who would not be able to attend the meeting without funding from the Travel Awards program. As such, we attend to resources provided by your graduate institution, laboratory of training, and a desire to include research areas that are not widely represented at SPR.

We seek to make awards to trainees who will develop a strong commitment to SPR and envision themselves contributing to the Society in their future careers.

For more information and to apply, please visit the SPR Research Travel Award Page (link and updated page for 2020 award applications is coming soon!). 


The Society also gives two awards for significant early career and distinguished contributions to psychophysiology:


Awards for Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Psychophysiology

The Early Career Award is given to a member of SPR who has made noteworthy contributions to the field of psychophysiology. The period of eligibility is 8 years following completion of doctoral training (with an extension of two years for those with career interruptions according to the eligibility requirements listed within the call for nominations). Nominations are sought annually from SPR members.

Please see our email announcement for more information and for instructions for nominations.

View the winners from previous years.

Awards for Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology

The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology is the highest honour given by the Society for Psychophysiological Research. It is given to an individual to recognize a sustained and distinguished contribution to Psychophysiology. It is awarded by the Senior Award Committee which consists of the Past President, the President and the President-Elect. Nominations for the award can be made by members of the Society and submitted to the President. This committee determines each year whether and to whom any such awards shall be made.

View the winners from previous years.


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