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Graduate Student Funding

Students in the Utah State Department of Psychology are awarded support from the department and university to help fund their education. The Behavior Analysis PhD Program, Brain and Cognition PhD Program, Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD Program, Neuroscience PhD Program, Quantitative Psychology PhD Program, Sociobehavioral PhD Program, and School Psychology PhD Program offer students tuition awards. Tuition awards cover the cost of tuition, but do not cover accompanying fees or out-of-pocket insurance costs. Students in the Psychology Department’s School Psychology EdS Program may qualify for a one-year, out-of-state tuition waiver for their first year of education, but do not receive a full tuition award. Credit limits and terms and conditions apply for tuition awards. 

Students in these programs also receive assistantships with monthly stipends to help support expenses outside of school. For some students, assistantships may include teaching courses or supporting academia or research through teaching or research assistantships. Other students, may receive assistantships for clinical placements. Graduate students with assistantships qualify for subsidized graduate student health insurance. Learn more on enrolling in and waiving out of health insurance benefits

All students in the USU Psychology Department are eligible for additional benefits including travel awards, research support, and scholarships.

Department travel award scholarships are used to support students presenting research at professional conferences. These awards can be granted from the department a maximum of one-time per year for $300. Requests for student travel awards may be submitted at any time.

Student Travel Funds Allocation Policy

Student Travel Funds Application

The Psychology Department Graduate Student Endowment Fund will be used to support research projects required as part of a department graduate program. Funds may be requested to support supplies and equipment for the project, participant incentives, and per diem costs for animals.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full-time psychology graduate student in good standing
  • Research project must be second-year project, thesis, or dissertation
  • Students may only receive funding once for each project. (Students may receiving funding for multiple projects such as a thesis and again for a dissertation.)
  • Project must have committee approval
  • Project must have IRB and/or IACUC approval, if necessary

Applications for research funds may be submitted at any time, but must be a minimum of two weeks prior the need for funds.

Student Research Funds Allocation Policy and Procedure for Application

Students will receive an email reminder to apply for these scholarships each spring. The reminder will include applications and instructions.

Ray Alvord Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student in the Quantitative Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Sociobehavioral Epidemiology, Brain/Cognition PhD Psychology program or the Neuroscience program. Students must demonstrate high academic achievement and be engaged in research activities.  Preference is given to students who place an emphasis on educational techniques and learning evaluation.

Carolyn Barcus Diversity Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to an ethnic minority student in the Combined PhD program.

Michael Bertoch Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student in the Combined PhD program. Students must demonstrate high academic achievement and be engaged in research that has implications for the practice of Psychology.

Walter R. Borg Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to students in the department’s doctoral programs who have completed at least one year of graduate study in the Psychology Department and demonstrate outstanding achievement over time. Two Borg awards are available to students: a Scholarship and Research Productivity award which recognizes excellence in scholarly activities and an Applied Practice and Research award which recognizes excellence in research and applied activities.

Gloria Foster George Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student in the Combined PhD program.  Candidates must demonstrate academic achievement.  Applicants should be studying caregiver factors dealing with persons with dementia or age-related memory loss.

Anthony LaPray Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to students in Behavior Analysis; Brain & Cognition; Neuroscience/Psych; Quantitative; Sociobehavioral Epidemiology based on academic achievement, progress in their graduate program, and engagement in research.

Kenneth W. Merrell Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student in the School Psychology program. Students must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, commitment to the field of School Psychology, and involvement in school psychology activities outside of the program requirements.

Elwin C. Nielsen Scholarship - This scholarship awarded annually to a graduate student in the Combined PhD program who demonstrate exceptional talent in psychological assessment and psychotherapy/counseling. Candidates must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. They must have completed their M.S. degree and have at least 15 semester hours of academic coursework remaining towards their Ph.D. excluding internship and dissertation hours.

Peter KranzThis scholarship is available to graduate students in the Combined Clinical/Counseling Psychology doctoral program. Funds are provided to students to assist with professional expenses including those related to research, clinical practice, and teaching. Students in the Combined Clinical/Counseling Psychology Program are encouraged to contact Cara for more information about these support scholarships. 

Dr. Kranz is an alumn of the Utah State Psychology Department. He completed a Doctor of Philosphy degree in child psychology in 1969 and graduated from the Utah State University College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Dr. Kranz has received numerous accolades and honors including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who in 2020, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Grinnelle College in 2018, the Distinguished Research Award from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley in 2015, and the Alumni Merit Award from Utah State University in 2012. Dr. Kranz has more than 55 years of practiced experience in psychology and academia and has been a professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley since 2013.