J. Steven Reznick Diversity and Psychological Research Grant


Fostering diversity in research is a primary goal of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. The Reznick Diversity and Psychological Research Grant will support students from underrepresented backgrounds OR those who are interested in conducting research with, or applicable to, populations traditionally underrepresented in psychological research. This grant will be awarded to two recipients for use during the Spring 2020 semester; each recipient will receive an amount of $2,000. One award will be given to a student who has already been involved substantially in psychological research as a way to encourage further depth of research experiences, and one award will be given to someone who may just be beginning to think about psychological research in order to encourage these burgeoning scientific interests. The students receiving this award may use the funds for any of the following purposes (alone or in combination): to offset the need for other part-time work, to cover the costs of carrying out research, or to attend a professional conference.

Eligibility requires that students:

  • Have PSYC or NSCI declared as their current major; and
  • Be enrolled full-time in Fall 2019; and
  • Be enrolled full-time in Spring 2020; and
  • One of the following:
    • Identify with an underrepresented population, including first-generation in college, current/eligible recipient of need-based financial aid, LGBTQ, having special needs/disability status, and/or a racial/ethnic minority group; or
    • Be interested in conducting research with, or applicable to, populations traditionally underrepresented in research by virtue of race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability, religious affiliation, age, or socioeconomic status.

How to Apply


More information about how to apply for the Reznick Grant in Spring 2021 will be coming soon. Funds in the amount of $2,000 will be distributed to each of two (2) recipients of this award in Spring 2021.

Included in this application are the following two essays:

  1. Please describe your research interests and the kind of project you would like to work on, should you be funded by the Reznick Grant. (Maximum 500 words.) Be sure to include the following:
    • Your research question – what are you curious to find out?
    • What new knowledge do you hope to contribute? What would be some implications of your project? Why is this research question and the possible findings important?
    • Describe how you might start answering your research question (e.g. what might the study look like)?
  2. How have your personal and/or academic experiences led you to your research interests? (Maximum 500 words.)

Please note that in addition to completing the application, you must submit an unofficial transcript by email to Tamsen Foote, tfoote@unc.edu.

Once you apply, we will send a survey to the reference you note in your application. This reference should ideally be from someone at UNC that knows you and/or your research interests well. Although students must have their applications completed by October 25th, references will have until November 8th to complete the survey.

Have an additional question? Please check out our FAQs about the Reznick Grant [PDF].

Questions regarding the Reznick Diversity and Psychological Research Grant may be directed to Dr. Keely Muscatell.

About Dr. J. Steven Reznick


The J. Steven Reznick Diversity and Psychological Research Grant honors Dr. Reznick, a close friend and colleague in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, M.A. from Wake Forest University, and Ph.D. from University of Colorado. He was a proud alumnus of UNC Chapel Hill and served on our faculty from 1998 until his death in 2016. Dr. Reznick made many contributions to enriching diversity in student experiences at Carolina and we thank him for his lifelong commitment to education, research, and Carolina.

The J. Steven Reznick Diversity and Psychological Research Grant is funded by the generosity of our alumni and friends through the J. Steven Reznick Diversity and Psychological Research Fund in Psychology and Neuroscience. The Reznick Research Fund honors Dr. Reznick and encourages undergraduate students who conduct exemplary research on topics of concern to diverse populations as well as undergraduates from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in psychological research.

Past Winners