Celebrating Outstanding Achievement in
The Stanford Prize celebrates outstanding research in psychology
at the undergraduate level. Up to five students from
around the world are selected each year.
Undergraduate students who provide evidence of exceptional scientific achievement
in any area of psychology are eligible.
Selecting the Best
Eligible projects are blindly evaluated by a panel of Stanford
professors. Projects are judged with respect to their originality,
independence, methodological quality, potential scientific impact,
and societal relevance. Students must present their project at the
Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference and they must be an
undergraduate at the time the award is made. Winners of the Stanford
Prize are presented with a certificate and with a generous cash
How to Apply
Students indicate their intent to apply for the award while
submitting their abstract for the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology
Conference. Additional information is subsequently requested from
top candidates in mid April, if necessary. Recipients are announced during
the conference in May.
Brittany Komacsar & Julissa Lopez,
Purdue University Calumet
"Cognitive Tasks and Decision Making: The Effect of
Cognitive Stress on Choice"
Sofia Fojo, University of Southern
"Relationship Between Volumetric Changes in the Amygdala and
Hippocampus With Exposure to Environmental Aggression and
Violence in Children"
Natalie Hejran, Loyola Marymount
"Working Memory Training and Inhibitory Control in
Academically At-Risk Kindergartners"
Molly S. Hodul, University of California, Los Angeles
"Dentate Gyrus Contributions to Auditory Fear
Christie Ka Man Fung, University of
California, Los Angeles
"Does Sleep Influence Neural Responses to Social Stress?"
Harrison M. Wray,
"The Physical Burden of Keeping a Secret"
Ian Clark & Adam Sitzmann, University of Michigan
"Empathizing Causes Declines in Blood Glucose: Ego Depletion
or Stress Regulation?"
Christopher Lau, University of California, Berkeley
"Color-Grapheme Associations in Non-Synesthetes:
Evidence of Emotional Mediation"
Amber C. Ocampo, University of California,
“An fMRI Investigation of Giving Social Support”
“Community Green: Comparing Individual and Social Financial
Motivations in Energy Conservation”
● The Stanford Prize recognizes the
world's best research in psychology at the undergraduate
Did you Know...
● The award was
established in 2010 to
celebrate the achievements of outstanding early-career
● Submissions for the award are reviewed blindly by a panel
of raters, including Stanford professors
● Up to 5 individuals are selected annually to receive the
● Winners of the 2015 Stanford Prize were Brittany Komacsar
& Julissa Lopez, and Sofia Fojo