Each year up to three graduate students are selected by the Graduate Studies Committee to receive the Saul Sells Research Excellence Awards. These awards are funded by an endowment given to the Department of Psychology by Dr. Saul B. Sells in 1989. The award is intended to recognize those graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in research prior to receipt of the doctoral degree. In addition, their names are engraved on a plaque displayed in the Sells Conference Room (Rm. 422).
Dr. Sells had no children and was dedicated to his career as a psychologist. His graduate students were his “children” and he supported them not only financially, through his many grants, but through the gift of his time in mentoring them to become productive scholars. This award is intended to support graduate students in their work as he did for so many students and to reward those who are most committed to scholarship.