APS Recognizes Students for Research on Underrepresented Groups

Since 1999, APS has been recognizing excellent student research related to socially and economically underrepresented groups through the RISE Research Award. Students submitting poster research on such groups are eligible to apply for the award, which affords recipients the opportunity to present their research at a special symposium at the APS Annual Convention. Award recipients also earn a $250 cash award.

RISE Award winners for 2015 included a wide cross-section of important research on cultural, clinical, and industrial–organizational issues. They include:

Robert Lane of St. John’s University, for his examination of a link between suicide ideation and stress resulting from cultural conflict between immigrants’ heritage cultures and their new cultures;

Matthew Lebowitz of Yale University, for research finding that health care providers can reduce their negative attitudes about depressed patients by thinking about patients’ personal traits and agency;

Esmeralda Nunez of Loma Linda University, for a study indicating that Anglo and Latina women with fatalist beliefs about cancer may report less intention to be screened for cancer; and

Yvonne Tan of Singapore Management University, for research investigating how the integration of gender identity and professional identity may influence the creative performance of women working in male-dominated fields.

Students submitting poster research for the 2016 APS Annual Convention may apply for the RISE Research Award if their research focuses on a socially or economically underrepresented group. Submit before January 31, 2016. 


Robert Lane


Matthew Lebowitz


Esmeralda Nunez


Yvonne Tan

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