Now Accepting: Applications for the 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributions to J-DEI

January 10, 2024

A graphic that shares the details of the award The MSU Department of Psychology's J-DEI Committee is now accepting applications for the 2024 Joseph L. White Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributions to Justice, Diversity, Equity, or Inclusion.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, February 16th, 2024 at 5:00PM.

The award was initially established by the Consortium for Multicultural Psychological Research (CMPR) and later reinstated by the PSY JDEI Committee for the 2023-2024 academic year. The award was created to promote and recognize exemplary multicultural research undertaken by graduate students in the department of psychology. 

Submissions may be made by students (including self-submissions) or faculty on the behalf of students. The award winner will be announced March 15, 2024. The award is $500 and a certificate is also provided to the student. We will honor the recipient at the Joseph White Lecture that will be held on April 5th, 2024. Additionally, the winner will have their name and award displayed on the PSY J-DEI website.

To apply, please use this application link: Grad Application Portal 


This award seeks to recognize the department’s graduate students’ exemplary contributions to advance justice, diversity, equity, and/or inclusion (JDEI). It is named after Joseph L. White, PhD, the first African American person to receive a doctorate in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. White had a distinguished career as a scholar and leader within psychology, setting the foundations for African American psychology through his academic and public intellectual works and by his leadership in establishing the Association of Black Psychologists. His 1970 article in Essence Magazine, “Toward a Black Psychology,” is considered a historical touchpoint in the establishment and popularization of a strengths-based psychology of African Americans. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Dr. White was committed to mentoring young psychologists from communities that were underrepresented in graduate education.


Award Domain:  

This award is given to a current or recent graduate student in the Department of Psychology based on the applicant’s record of contributions to research, practice, and service that examines or advances justice, diversity, equity, and/or inclusion (JDEI). 



In order for the grant application to be considered, the applicant must be a current graduate student, in good standing, in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University or have graduated from the Department’s doctoral program less than 12 months prior to their application submission. All research submitted with the application must have been conducted while the applicant was a graduate student at MSU. Past recipients of this award are not eligible to apply.

How to submit: 

Grant applications and faculty mentor certifications must be submitted electronically to the J-DEI Award Subcommittee chair, [name & email], by Friday, February 16th, 2024. The review of applications and selection of the recipient will be undertaken by the J-DEI Committee's Award Subcommittee. Submissions will be evaluated on their: 1) relevance to justice, diversity, equity, or inclusion (JDEI), 2) potential contribution to JDEI, 3) innovation, and 4) impact on JDEI.

The Award: 

The award winner will be notified by March 15, 2024 and will receive $500 and a certificate suitable for framing.