Dissertation Prize

(Apply by October 31)


The Psychometric Society Dissertation Prize recognizes at most one outstanding Ph.D. dissertation each year, written in any field covered by the journal Psychometrika. Criteria include the originality and rigor of the research, possible applications of the theory or methods and potential impact.

The awardee will receive a commemorative plaque, a monetary prize of $500, free one-year membership of the Psychometric Society, and an invitation to present a summary of their dissertation at the following International Meeting of the Psychometric Society (IMPS), for which registration fees will be waived and costs of attendance will be reimbursed up to $1,000 ($1,500 if intercontinental travel is required). The recipient of the award will be invited to submit a paper based on the dissertation to Psychometrika by July 31 of the year following that IMPS.

Past Winners

Past winners of this award are listed here.


Eligible nominees must be members of the Psychometric Society and must have received their Ph.D. degree within the year (365 days) immediately preceding the application’s due date.


Nominations must be submitted on or before October 31 through email to Susan Rees [srees@reesgroupinc.com] with the heading “Psychometric Society Dissertation Prize Nomination.” Nominations must include the dissertation, official confirmation that the thesis was accepted in the eligible time frame, and a nomination letter is written by the Ph.D. advisor, but self-nominations are also permitted.

If the original dissertation is not in English, a summary paper in English should be included in the nomination package. Any questions concerning the prize should be directed to Dr. Carolyn Anderson [cja@illinois.edu].

Selection Panel

Submitted dissertations will be evaluated by two past presidents of the Psychometric Society. They may arrive at the conclusion that none of the submitted dissertations merits the award.

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