Call for Nominations: FABBS Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards 2022-23

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) brings together organizations committed to advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. The purpose of the FABBS Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards is to honor undergraduate student investigators who have conducted research of superior scientific quality and with broad societal impact.

Up to five Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards will be awarded in each academic year. FABBS will award winners an honorary certificate and recognize the award in the FABBS newsletter. All FABBS member societies and affiliates will be informed of the award winners.

Nomination Eligibility: Undergraduate majors in behavioral and brain science whose home academic department is a current FABBS Affiliate are eligible. We invite FABBS Affiliate departments to identify and nominate one junior or senior undergraduate major who is conducting independent or capstone research of superior scientific quality and broader impact.

The award is open to both those currently enrolled and those who have graduated in the year prior to the award submission deadline.

How to Apply: The nomination deadline for the 2022-23 FABBS Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards is March 10, 2023. To be considered, please submit the following information to with subject line “FABBS Call for Nominations — Undergraduate Research Awards”:

  1.    Project title and 200-word abstract.
  2.    A nomination letter from the department chair or from the chair of the department’s awards committee, which should include a statement verifying institutional review board approval, if applicable.
  3.    Project Summary, which should include an Introduction/Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, and an Impact Statement. The latter should describe the potential societal impact(s) of the research. Along with scientific quality, societal impact will be considered in the evaluation of all nominees. The Impact Statement should be brief (3-4 sentences) and should convey the (potential) relevance of the research for policy decisions (e.g., implications of the research for social and policy issues, and/or efforts to communicate the science to non-academic constituencies).  Each of these sections is limited to no more than 500 words.

A FABBS committee, comprised of FABBS leadership, will review nominations. Please include an email address for the nominee and other departmental contacts. Nominees and nominating departments will be notified of award decisions by May 5, 2023.

Deadline: March 10, 2023