Paul R. Pintrich Dissertation Awards

The Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes excellence in doctoral dissertation research that has been completed within the past two years.

Sponsor: Division 15

Description
One Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award will be given each year. The award includes a $500 cash stipend, a plaque of recognition, an invitation to present the body of research at the next year's APA annual meeting, and up to $1000 for the recipient's travel and registration expenses for the APA conference.
Eligibility
The applicant must be a member, affiliate, or student member of Division 15 and must have completed a dissertation in an area of educational psychology research at an accredited college or university within the preceding two calendar years. Applicants who are still graduate students must have had their final dissertation approved by their doctoral committee prior to application. Departments/programs may endorse no more than three students per year for the award.
How to Apply

To be considered, all application materials must be submitted electronically via email. Please note the file format requirements for each component. A completed application should contain the following components:

  1. An application cover sheet. Please name this file according to the following convention: yourlastname_coversheet.pdf. This document should be submitted as a PDF (.pdf file format) file.

  2. An extended abstract that is typed, 2000-word maximum, double-spaced in APA style. With their abstract, applicants may include up to two additional pages for tables and/or figures, and one additional page for a list of references). Please name this file according to the following convention: yourlastname_abstract.doc. This document should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (.doc file extension).

  3. A narrative autobiography (250-word maximum) describing salient research experiences, publications and/or presentations, past collaborative efforts, and career plans. (Do not submit your curriculum vitae.) Please name this file according to the following convention: yourlastname_autobiography.doc. This document should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (.doc file extension).

  4. A letter of nomination (two-page maximum) from the faculty member associated with the completion of the dissertation. The letter must be signed by the faculty member. This letter should be scanned and included in your email. Please name this file according to the following convention: yourlastname_facultynomination.pdf. Microsoft Word (.doc) format is also acceptable.

  5. Proof of current member or affiliate status in Division 15. Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_membership. (File format may vary.)

Electronically submit the above components in one email with five separate email attachments to the committee chairs, Ellen Usher, and Martin Jones. Submissions must be received no later than 5 p.m. ET on the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the award.

Past Recipients
2014

Kate Niehaus, PhD

2013

Maggie Renken, PhD

2010
Andrew Butler 
Using Repeated Testing and Variable Encoding to Promote Transfer of Learning
2009
Chris Hulleman
The Role of Utility Value in the Development of Interest and Achievement
2008

Lynette S. Arnold
Enhancing Student Academic Regulatory Processes: A Study of Metacognitive Knowledge Monitoring, Strategic Enhancement and Achievement

2007

Brien Bietzel
Designing Contrasting Video Case Activities to Facilitate Learning of Complex Subject Matter

2006
David Fortus
Design-Based Science and the Transfer of Science Knowledge and Real-world Problem-Solving Skills
2005
Michele Gregoire
Effects of Augmented Activation, Refutational Text, Efficacy Beliefs, Epistemological Beliefs, and Systematic Processing on Conceptual Change
2004
Elizabeth A. Linnenbrink
The Dilemma of Performance Goals: Promoting Students' Motivation and Learning in Varying Goal Oriented Classrooms