Grants & Awards

Selection of awards and grants received by LIFE and LIFE Fellows from 2004 to 2018

On December 31, 2011, the IMPRS LIFE was awarded the APA Board of Educational Affairs Award to Advance Interdisciplinary Education and Training in Psychology. This award recognizes education and training programs in psychology that advance interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or interprofessional teaching, research or practice in psychology. The prize money was used to establish the LIFE Outstanding Alumni Award.

Selection of Awards Received by LIFE Alumni and Fellows from 2004 to 2018




Rahel Bachem (UZH)

Early & Advanced Postdoc.Mobility Fellowships, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (2016–2018)

Michael Becker (MPIB)

Ernst-Meumann-Award in Empirical Educational Research (2012)

Jessica Bernard (UM)

Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star (2017)

Yvonne Brehmer (MPIB)

Max Planck Society (MPS) Otto Hahn Medal & Otto Hahn Group (2008)

Garvin Brod (MPIB)

MPS Otto Hahn Medal (2016)

Annette Brose (MPIB)

Caroline von Humboldt Award, HU (2014)

Daniel Caro (HU)

Thomas J. Alexander Fellow, OECD (2014–2015); Teaching Excellence Award, University of Oxford (2014)

Daniel Ewon Choe (UM)

UC Davis’ Office of Provost Faculty Development Award (2017)

William Chopik (UM)

APS Rising Star (2016); Forbes’ Top 30 Scientists under 30 (2016)

Yasmin Cole-Lewis (UM)

Rackham Graduate School Holmes Award (2016)

Martin Dahl (MPIB)

Doctoral Fellowship, Sonnenfeld Foundation (2017–2018)

Jaap Denissen (HU)

APS Rising Star (2011); Early Career Award, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (2010)

Natalie Ebner (MPIB)

Kavli Fellow National Academy of Sciences (2015); Heinz Heckhausen Young Research Scientist Award (2006)

Andrea Eckhardt (MPIB)

Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation (2009–2011)

Sierra Eisen (UVA)

APS/Psi Chi Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award (2017); Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) Fellowship from the Institute of Education Sciences (2017)

Yana Fandakova (MPIB)

German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Fellowship (2014–2016); MPS Otto Hahn Medal (2013)

Peter Felsman (UM)

Carol Thiessen Mowbray Research Fund Award (2018)

Kristin Flegal (UM)

NIH Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (2011)

Robert Gaschler (HU)

Dissertation Award Adlershof (2010)

Tanja Gerlach (HU)

Best Teaching Award, University of Göttingen (2016)

Nathalie Giroud (UZH)

Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship, SNSF (2018); Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing) (2017)

Marlen Gonzalez (UVA)

American Psychological Association (APA) Dissertation Award (2016); National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

Jesse Graham (UVA)

APS Rising Star (2016)

Igor Grossmann (UM)

Ontario Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (2017); APS Rising Star (2015)

Michaela Gummerum (MPIB)

O’Brien Fund, Dean of Faculty’s Office, Scripps College, USA (2016); University of Plymouth Enterprise Award, Early Career Researcher (2011)

K. Paige Harden (UVA)

APA Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology (Individual Differences) (2017)

Bettina von Helversen (MPIB)

SNSF Professorship Grant (2015); MPS Otto Hahn Medal (2009)

Marie Hennecke (UZH)

Research Grant from SNSF (2018–2021); Research Grant from Stiftung Suzanne und Hans Biäsch zur Förderung der Angewandten Psychologie (2013)

Gizem Hülür (HU)

Research Grant from the APS Teaching Fund (2018–2019); 
Research Grant from SNSF (2017–2021)

Roos Hutteman (HU)

Award for best paper published with data from the German Family Panel Pairfam (2015); Wiley Prize for best student-led paper published in European Journal of Personality (2014)

Amira Ibrahim (UM)

Rackham Student Research Grant, UM (2014, 2017)

Tiffany Jantz (UM)

Rackham Doctoral Fellowship, UM (2015–2018)

Morgan Jerald (UM)

Center for the Education of Women (CEW) Riecker Graduate Student Research Fellowship, UM (2017); NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2015–2018)

Kathrin Jonkmann (MPIB)

Junior Research Excellence Award from the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Special Interest Group on Motivation and Emotion (2007)

Jessica Kansky (UVA)

Jefferson Scholarship Foundation Fellowship, UVA (2017–2019); Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, UVA

Benjamin Katz (UM)

Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award (2017); Proquest Dissertation Award Honorable Mention (2017)

Aleksander Kocaj (IQB)

Publication Award for Doctoral Candidates from the Society for Empirical Education Research (2015)

Dana Kotter-Grühn (MPIB)

DFG Research Fellowship; New Advisor Award, North Carolina State University

A. Zarina Kraal (UM)

Visionary Grant, American Psychological Foundation (2017); Strategic Translational Research (STAR) Award, UM (2017)

Kate Kuhlman (UM)

NIMH Mentored Clinical Scientist Award (2017)

Cristine Legare (UM)

Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, APS (2015); APS Rising Star (2013)

Matthew Lerner (UVA)

APS Rising Star (2017); NIMH Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (2016)

Ziyong Lin (UM)

Pat Gurin Distinguished Lecture Award, UM (2017); Barbour Fellowship, UM (2016)

Vanessa LoBue (UVA)

James McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award for Understanding Human Cognition (2017); Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence (2017)

Jasmine Manalel (UM)

Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues (2017)

Anna Mascherek (UZH)

Nachsorgepreis der Deutschen Kinderkrebsnachsorge (2016); Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing) (2011)

Florentina Mattli (UZH)

Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing) (2012)

Inah Min (UM)

Rackham Predoctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2017–2018); Korea Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Wenke Möhring (UZH)

Jacobs International Young Scholar Award, Cognitive Developmental Society (2017); Teacher of the Year, University of Basel (2017)

Moyra Mortby (UZH)

International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART) and the Neuropsychiatric Syndromes (NPS) in Neurodegenerative Diseases Professional Interest Area (PIA) New Investigator Award (2015)

Jennifer O’Neil (UVA)

Mental Health Care Line Educator of the Year Award (2016)

Thorsten Pachur (MPIB)

APS Fellow (2017)

Goran Papenberg (MPIB)

MPS Otto Hahn Medal (2013)

Lars Penke (HU)

Early Achievement Award of the European Association of Personality Psychology (2012); Award for the best publication in European Journal of Personality based on a PhD or Master/Diploma thesis (2007)

Meghan Puglia (UVA)

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development National Research Service Award (2017); American Psychological Foundation Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Student Fellowship (2017)

Nilam Ram (UVA)

Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Early Career Award in Social and Behavioral Gerontology (2015); Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University (2013–2014)

Dirk Richter (MPIB)

Distinguished Paper Award from the Special Interest Group Mentoring, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Steven Roberts (UM)

Marquis Award – Best Dissertation Work in Psychology, UM (2017)

Christina Röcke (MPIB)

Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing) (2009); APA Division 20 and The Retirement Research Foundation Award for Completed Post-Doctoral Research (2008)

Katharina Rufener (UZH)

Early & Advanced PostDoc.Mobility Fellowships, SNSF (2015–2018)

Paige Safyer (UM)

Strategic Translational Research (STAR) Award, UM (2015); 

W. K. Kellogg Family Endowed Fellowship (2014)

Ina Schöllgen (DZA)

Margret-und-Paul-Baltes-Preis für hervorragende entwicklungs-psychologische Dissertationen (2011)

Nicolas Schuck (HU/MPIB)

Humboldt-Princeton Grant (2015–2017)

Anja Schulze-Krumbholz (FU)

Marie-Schlei-Preis, FU (2015)

Natalie Schüz (FU)

Marie-Schlei-Preis, FU (2011)

Yee Lee Shing (MPIB)

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis, DFG (2012); MPS Otto Hahn Medal (2009)

Maria Susperreguy (UM)

Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award (2014); Fulbright Scholarship (2008–2012) 

Jessica Taggart (UVA)

All-University Graduate Teaching Award, UVA (2018); Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (2017)

Elizabeth Tenney (UVA)

APS Rising Star (2016)

Alvin Thomas (UM)

Rackham Doctoral Research Grant, UM (2012); Assembly of Scientist/Practitioner Psychologists (ASPP) Learning APA Governance Award (2009–2010)

Lauen Tighe (UM)

W.K. Kellogg Family Endowed Fellowship (2017)

Yi-Miau Tsai (MPIB)

Student Research Excellence Award, EARLI (2007)

Elliot Tucker-Drob (UVA)

APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Contributions (2017)

Francisco Velasquez (UM)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2013–2016); NIMH Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Scholar (2010–2011)

Wylie Wan (UM)

Elizabeth Douvan Junior Scholar Fund in Life Course Development (2014); Barbara A. Oleshansky Memorial Fund (2012)

Markus Werkle-Bergner (MPIB)

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship (2017–2019)

Alexandra Werntz (UVA)

Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) Outstanding Student Teacher Award (2018)

Erin Westgate (UVA)

Heritage Dissertation Research Award, Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology (2017)

Andreas Wilke (MPIB)

Best Postdoctoral Researcher Award, Human Behavior and Evolution Society (2009); Linda Mealey Young Investigator Award (2004)

Abigail Williams-Butler (UM)

Perspectives on Social Work Journal Best Reviewer (2016)

Ralf Wölfer (FU)

Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize for Best Paper of the Year (2017)

Meltem Yucel (UVA)

Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholar, Society for Research in Child Development (2017)


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