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Graduate Student Awards

Chuck Gettys Award For Outstanding Research In Graduate School

Dr. Charles Francis Gettys, known to his friends as Chuck, completed his doctoral training in perception and psychophysics from the University of Louisville in 1966 and joined the OU faculty in August of 1970. Dr. Gettys served as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at OU specializing in cognitive psychology with an emphasis on decision theory, until his retirement in May of 1997. Subsequently, he was bestowed the honor of Professor Emeritus and continued his research and graduate training until his untimely death in May of 1998.

Throughout his career at OU, Dr. Gettys found no greater satisfaction than in his training of graduate students. True to his commitment and enjoyment in the educational advancement of graduate students, Dr. Gettys requested that an award be established in his name to aid deserving young research psychologists in the development of their careers. The Chuck Gettys Award for Outstanding Research in Graduate School will forever demonstrate Dr. Gettys' intense concern for graduate students and his support for their research future.

Eligibility: Any Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology who will be completing their degree in the current academic year and will be seeking employment.

Availability: Applications are due each year on October 15. Review of applications will be conducted by the Graduate Studies Committee. In any year the award is bestowed it will be presented in time to help the awardee defray part of their job seeking expenses.

Criteria: The award recognizes outstanding quality and quantity of research effort completed by a doctoral student while enrolled in the graduate program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma.

Please submit a dossier to Shelby Hill ( The dossier should include:

  • A vita
  • Prints or preprints of published or in press publications
  • Any additional supporting materials that demonstrate excellence in research.

Graduate Student Teaching Award

The Department of Psychology offers a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Award each year. Any graduate student who has autonomously taught at least one course as the instructor of record at the University of Oklahoma is eligible to apply. The Undergraduate Studies Committee will judge the applications, and the winner will be announced at the end of the Spring semester. The winner will receive $300.

Applications are typically due by mid-March. Contact Shelby Hill ( in the Department of Psychology for additional details and deadlines and to apply. All application materials should be sent as a single PDF. The application packet should include the following components (single-spaced, 1-in margins, 11 point Times New Roman or Arial font):

  • Description of teaching responsibilities and teaching philosophy (2 page maximum)
  • Teaching artifact created by the graduate student (e.g., active learning demonstration, quiz, homework, study guide, etc.) and rationale for including the assignment in the course (1 page maximum for rationale)
  • Copies of eValuate teaching evaluations and evidence of the ways formal and informal evaluations were used or will be used in the future to improve teaching  (1 page maximum to describe how feedback was/will be used)
  • Description of professional development activities related to teaching (e.g., conferences, faculty/peer observations, OU’s Graduate Teaching Academy, etc.) (1 page maximum)

Finalists will be contacted and asked to provide one letter of support from a former student. Applicants are advised to contact one student in advance to expedite the letter writing process.