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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.
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
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.
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”
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”
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”
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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