GEF Research Impact Award

Award Announcement

GEF Research Impact Award
Deadline: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The GEF Research Impact Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in Psychology research and scholarship, and is awarded annually in the spring to the UTM Psychology Graduate student who has published the most significant paper in the preceding calendar year. 


This award serves to showcase the high quality of graduate research in Psychology at UTM, and acknowledge the student productivity and innovation that contribute to U of T’s standing as a world-renowned researchuniversity.

  • Submissions must be peer-reviewed published articles presenting original work (e.g., new data and results, equations/theories, resources or methods).
  • The student must have taken a leading role in the published work either as first author or co-first author.
  • The majority of the research in the paper must have been conducted while the student was in UTM Psychology. Present and former students are both eligible to win the award so long as their paper was published in the preceding year.

A student can submit any paper published in the preceding year. Along with the paper submission, a letter of nomination from the student’s supervisor or a faculty member in the department must be included.

Papers will be judged on demonstrated:

  • Significance/implications for theory, practice, and policy
  • Originality, innovation, and potential impact
  • Appropriateness, application, and rigor of methodology
  • Quality of data collection/analysis and research findings

The winner, plus  two runner-ups, will be selected by a committee of three faculty members and one graduate student representing the breadth of research interests in UTM Psychology. Recognized students will receive a cash-prize ($500 and $100 for first place and runner-ups, respectively) and winners will be listed on a plaque displayed on the GEF Research Impact Award board. Nominees are expected to attend the award ceremony in March.

Paper and a short letter of nomination should be submitted to the GEF Research Impact Committee by Wednesday March 15, 2017. Send entries to 

If you have questions about this award, please contact Samantha Mahabir at  



Ashlyn Swift-Gallant

Swift-Gallant, A., Coome, L. A., Ramzan, F., & Monks, D. A. (2015). Nonneural Androgen Receptors Affect Sexual Differentiation of Brain and Behavior. Endocrinology157(2), 788-798. 



Diana Peragine (Director, GEF Research Impact Comittee)

Dr. Brett Beston (Judge, GEF Research Impact Committee)

Dr. Norman Farb (Judge, GEF Research Impact Committee)

Dr. Loren Martin (Judge, GEF Research Impact Committee)