Ost Research AwardEach year the department hosts the John Ost Undergraduate Research Competition. It honors the memory of Professor John W. P. Ost, who served as chair of the Department of Psychology from 1973 until 1977, and continued to serve as an active faculty member until his untimely death in 1988. This competition commemorates John's dedication to undergraduate research training.
At the Ost competition, you present a poster representing the research that you have conducted with a faculty mentor. The poster competition is public, and is always attended by both faculty and other students. A panel of faculty judges picks the winner (and sometimes a second place). All students conducting research with a faculty member are highly encouraged to participate in the Ost poster competition.
Win or lose, experience in presenting research is one of the most valuable experiences you can gain as a beginning researcher. This competition is an opportunity for you to consolidate material learned in classes and while conducting the research, receive useful feedback, and begin to build a vitae.
Eligibility and PrizesWinners receive a cash prize and their names are engraved on a plaque that is displayed prominently in the department.
Eligible presenters are undergraduates who are working on research under the supervision of a faculty member with a primary or secondary appointment in Psychology. Psychology majors conducting behavioral research with faculty outside of the Department of Psychology may also participate. Former UAB Psychology undergraduate students may participate within 10 months after their graduation.
Passey Prize/UAB Psychology Department Achievement AwardEach year, the Department of Psychology presents these awards to students who have excelled in their pursuit of their psychology major.
The Passey Prize for the Outstanding Student in Psychology at UAB is awarded to the student judged to have shown the best overall level of accomplishment in psychology — not just in terms of grades, but also in terms of participation in other opportunities offered by the department, especially research. The Passey Prize includes a cash award.
The UAB Psychology Department Achievement Award is awarded to the psychology major judged to have shown the most outstanding achievement during his or her years in college. This award emphasizes academic performance and accomplishments, but it also considers participation and leadership in department and university activities, service to the community, and hardships or adverse life situations that the student has overcome.
Winners of undergraduate awards are selected by an awards committee appointed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. In any given year, the committee may decline to name a winner of either award; give both awards to the same individual; or name more than one winner of either award, either ranked or unranked.