Stephen Ceci, Cornell University, received the 2004-2005 APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award at the 17th APS Annual Convention for his lifetime of outstanding contributions to the area of applied psychological research. He accepted the award, saying tongue-in-cheek, “Getting this award caused me to ponder what it is about me and my research that merited this award. Was I smart, or creative, or hard working? And introspecting a little, I came to the conclusion that yes, I was all three of those things. But, you’ll be pleased to know, no more so than you are. So I thought well, what is it then that gives me this award, and I thought, well, if there’s one thing that trumps smartness, creativity, and hard work — it’s luck.” Ceci said his luck came largely from the world-class mentors and collaborators he’s worked with over the years.
August 1, 2005