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Thelma Hunt Research Grant
What is it?
  • One grant of $3,000 for Psi Chi members carrying out empirical research. Preference is given to projects directly related to the mission of Psi Chi.Specifically projects that help produce well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible members committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.
  • Priority is given to undergraduate students, followed by graduate students and then faculty applicants.

How does it work?

  1. Write a proposal and budget for an empirical research project that addresses a question directly related to Psi Chi.
  2. Apply for the grant.
  3. Provide an impact statement and/or bio and photo to the grants department if your study is funded.
  4.  Complete the project (Note you must get IRB approval before starting).

Who should apply?

Any active Psi Chi member who wants to complete an empirical research project that is directly related to Psi Chi.

Who is Thelma Hunt?

This grant honors Thelma Hunt, who served as Psi Chi’s historian from 1973 to 1979. She has been described as "an enabler, a person who made it possible for others to realize their full potential.”

The application portal will open approximately 30 days before the deadline.




Past Winners



Danielle Umland
University of Central Arkansas
2013–14 winner

"Being a part of research teams has been the most rewarding aspect of my academic career. As I continue to be a part of this process I encounter new areas that I find both important and interesting. Through interactions with undergraduate students, as well as my own personal experience, I realized how much clarity is lacking in the understanding of how graduate applications are reviewed. Receiving the Thelma Hunt research grant is extremely important to exploring this area and being able to provide direction for future applicants who are facing important decisions about where their time and activities would be best spent in order to pursue the education that they desire. This grant allows me to further delve into an area of research that I find extremely interesting."





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