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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.

View the poster winners from previous years.


Due: May 1, 2019 for funding to begin early September 2019.

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 May 1, 2019. Award notices will be sent via email beginning June 1, 2019. If additional funds are available after June 1, 2019, 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 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. 


2019 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



Applications invited for 2019 SPR Diversity Travel Awards, due August 1

The Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) is delighted to invite applications for the Third Annual Student Diversity Travel Awards! These awards are intended to recognize and enhance the diversity of student members of SPR, making it easier for students from under-represented backgrounds to travel to the 2019 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Diversity Travel stipends will be awarded to two student presenters from North America ($500 USD), and one student presenter traveling to the convention from another continent ($1000 USD).



To be eligible for a Diversity Travel Award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Will be enrolled as a full-time graduate student (i.e., have not already received their Ph.D.) at the time of the 2019 annual meeting
  • Up-to-date with membership dues, or have applied for new member status, at the time of the meeting
  • Be first author on a presentation (talk or poster) that has already been accepted for the 2019 annual meeting
  • Do NOT have travel funds available from the laboratory with which they are affiliated, or from their department or university



To apply for a 2019 Diversity Student Travel Award, please email the following to Michelle “Lani” Shiota ( by 5:00 p.m. THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018. These items should be contained in a SINGLE WORD DOCUMENT appended to the email, rather than pasted into the body of the email or appended as multiple documents.

  • Your full name and affiliation (faculty mentor, department, university)
  • An essay, of no more than 350 words, briefly summarizing your research interests and career goals, and explaining how you enhance the diversity of SPR’s student membership. We are interested in diversity broadly speaking, with an emphasis on students from under-represented and/or underprivileged backgrounds.
  • The title and abstract of your accepted presentation (symposium talk or poster) at SPR 2019.
  • For the application document title, please use the format “SPR2018_DiversityAwardApplication_[your last name][your first name]
  • Please use “SPR 2019 Diversity Award Application enclosed” in the title of the email submitting your application.

It is the intention of the SPR Board of Directors and the Committee to Promote Student Interests that student travel awards be used to facilitate attendance at the SPR annual meeting (i.e., the conference). Thus, except under very unusual circumstances, award recipients are expected to be present for the duration of the conference, not only for their own presentation. In other words, although SPR wants student awardees to enjoy the host city and the professional development opportunities associated with social activities taking place outside of the conference program, SPR student travel awards are not meant to help fund a vacation. To this end, applicants should consider the following additional requirements when submitting their conference abstracts:

1) Awardees must pick up their checks on the FIRST DAY of the conference, before the close of registration. Any awards not picked up by that time will be forfeited, unless prior arrangements have been made with SPR management.

2) Awardees' faculty advisors will be notified of their students' awards and will be expected to play a role in ensuring their students attend events on the conference program beyond their own poster presentation.

3) Awardees will be expected to produce a brief report, to be submitted to the Chairs of the SPR Diversity Committee and the Committee to Promote Student Interests, highlighting their conference experiences and how the travel award facilitated their professional development.

Applicants will be notified of their status by August 20, 2019. 


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. 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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