In 2004, Michael Inzlicht, PhD, was given a $10,000 Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grant to study the gender gap between women and men in math and science and the academic performance gap between white and African-American students.

Ten years later, Inzlicht is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Toronto and a principal investigator at the Toronto Laboratory for Social Neuroscience. His research — which began with this APF grant — has contributed to the development of a new focus in the study of prejudice and discrimination. He has found that belonging to a stigmatized group can lead to poor self-control that affects performance. He is using this finding to identify ways to diminish this effect so that people can become less sensitive to negative emotions.

“I view the APF grant as being instrumental in not only getting other grants, but also in helping me establish myself as an independent researcher,” Inzlicht says. 

His research has led to eight published articles, 23 presentations, and six awards and honors. It has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times and The Toronto Sun.