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Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

In order to promote and recognize exemplary multicultural research undertaken by graduate students in the department, the Consortium for Multicultural Psychological Research (CMPR) has established the Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award.

With a generous donation from Joseph L. White, the first African American graduate from our Clinical program, we have been able to permanently endow the Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award. As of April 1, 2011, the award has been renamed as the Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award.

An alumnus of Michigan State University, Dr. Joseph L. White, exemplifies the work and impact of the Consortium of Multicultural Psychology Research. Dr. Joseph L. White grew up in Minneapolis, MN. He received his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1961. While his main field of study was clinical psychology, Dr. White focused a lot of his attention on aiding and supporting disadvantaged students of color in their path to acquire knowledge by developing curriculum that caters to the needs of colored students. While at California State University, Long Beach, Dr. White helped in establishing the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) which became a program implemented across the California State University campuses. In 1968, Dr. White helped found the Association of Black Psychologists along with a few other Black Psychologists during the 1968 conference of the American Psychological Association. In 1994, Dr. White was awarded a Citation of Achievement in Psychology and Community Service from President Bill Clinton. Dr. White was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Joseph L. White is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine where he spent most of his career.


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Guidelines for Nominations:

Research Domain. Dissertations, master’s theses, published papers, and papers presented at conferences will all be considered for the award. We will consider any submission that applies psychological science to increase our understanding of multicultural issues in both domestic and international contexts. For the purposes of this competition, we define multicultural research very broadly and may include research related to race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status. We are especially interested in submissions that fall within the five research network areas of the Consortium: (a) Culture and mental health, (b) Culture in organizations, (c) Culture in communities, (d) Culture and human development, and (e) Cross-cultural assessment and research methods.

Student Researcher. In order for the nomination to be considered, the primary scholar must be a current or recently graduated (i.e., past 12 months) graduate student in Psychology at Michigan State University. Additionally, the research must have been completed while the student was a graduate student at MSU.

How to submit. Submissions (including self-nominations) must be submitted by the last Monday in January to administrative staff in the main office (room 262). Either faculty or students can submit nominations. Please provide three copies of each submission and the nomination form. The review of nominations and selection of the recipient will be undertaken by the CMPR Student Award committee.

The Award. The award winner will be announced and the certificate delivered as part of the Annual Distinguished Lecture in Multicultural Psychology (Spring). The award will be: $500 and a certificate suitable for framing. Award winners will also have their name on a trophy plaque displayed in first floor showcase and on the Consortium website.

 

Application (pdf)

 


2017 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Danielle King for her paper entitled "Generalizing Gendered Effects of Identity Management: The Importance of Intersectionality”


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2016 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Joshua Prasad for his conference paper entitled “Using Biodata and Situational Judgment Inventories across Cultural Groups”


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2015 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Abdifatah Ali for his Master’s Thesis entitled “Workplace Demography and Attitudinal Outcomes: The Role of Power, Status, and Diversity Climate within Groups”


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2014 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Ivana Anusic for her dissertation, "Development of cultural identity and well-being of immigrants: Analysis of a longitudinal study of immigrants to Germany"


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2013 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Zornitsa Kalibatseva for her paper, “Depression among Asian Americans: Review and recommendations” published in Depression Research and Treatment.


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2012 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Stevie C.Y.Yap for his paper on "The Mediators of the relationship between identity and life satisfaction in a community sample of African American women and men" published in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.


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2011 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Sarah J. Reed for her paper on "The Pregnancy Experiences and Motivations of Young, Black Women Who Have Sex with Women" completed under the direction of Dr. Robin L. Miller of the Ecological/Community Psychology Interest Area.


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2010 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Maria Valenti for her paper on “The role of Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) advisors in public high schools” which was published in C. C. Bertram, M. S. Crowley, & S. G. Massey (Eds.) Beyond Progress and Marginalization: LGBTQ Youth in Educational Contexts. NY: Peter Lang Publishers.


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2009 Joseph L. White Outstanding Student Multicultural Research Award

 Winner: Krystle C. Woods for her paper, “Sexual Harassment Across the Color Line: Experiences and Outcomes of Cross-  Versus Intraracial Sexual Harassment Among Black Women.”  published in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.


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